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Languor, Invocation and Magic

London Schools Symphony Orchestra

Pacho Flores sitting on a corner sofa, with his trumpet

London’s premier youth orchestra, the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, show music and dance go hand-in-hand with their evening performance of ballet scores and a world premiere by Eleanor Alberga.

Following a recent collaboration with trumpeter Pacho Flores, the LSSO and its Artistic Director Peter Ash commissioned a new trumpet concerto from Jamaican-born composer Eleanor Alberga, which is premiered tonight. Initially it was conceived with a dance element with choreography by Colombian dancer Fernando Montaño, one of the stars of the Royal Ballet. Sadly the orchestra’s summer tour of Colombia had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

So they've framed it here with two classic ballet scores – Debussy’s evocation of the desires and dreams inspired by languid heat and Stravinsky’s evocation of a chilly St Petersburg fair: the dazzling ballet score Petrushka, which retells an old Russian folk tale about a puppet who comes to life with devastating consequences.

Tagged with: Classical music

This performance will end at approximately 9.15pm, including a 20 minute interval.

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