Ravel’s Boléro, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Spain, and a splash of Saint-Saëns with pianist Javier Perianes. On a January day, Elim Chan conducts a concert that’s drenched in sunshine.
‘He’s mad!’ cried an audience member at an early performance of Ravel’s Boléro. ‘She understands,’ said Ravel. It’s the climax of an evening with a distinctly Mediterranean flavour, with Spanish keyboard star Javier Perianes as the soloist in Saint-Saëns’ glittering ‘Egyptian’ concerto.
Since becoming the first woman to win the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in 2014, Elim Chan has established herself as a conductor with a rare ear for colour. And this programme is all about orchestral colours. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol is the sound of a Russian composer intoxicated by the sights and sounds of Spain, while Ravel’s Mother Goose is as subtle as Boléro is passionate.
The performance is expected to finish around 9pm, including a 20 minute interval.
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.