Full sail for new shores: Sakari Oramo conducts Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony, Britten’s Double Concerto and an enchanting, newly uncovered late work by Oliver Knussen.
'Behold, the sea itself!' With a ringing fanfare, and a mighty choral shout Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony takes the poetry of Walt Whitman and opens the floodgates to a spring tide of inspiration. BBC Symphony Orchestra chief conductor Sakari Oramo has a special affinity for British music, and tonight he ends the season under full sail.
It’s all about new horizons, after all: so what better way to open than with the first London performance of a magical late work by the much-missed Oliver Knussen? Cleveland Pictures is Knussen at the top of his game: jewel-like in its colour, precision and sense of wonder. It’ll cast its spell over this performance of Britten’s atmospheric, rarely heard Double Concerto – with two uniquely sensitive soloists, Vilde Frang and Lawrence Power, supplying their own special poetry.
The end time for this performance will be added closer to the performance date
Produced by BBC Symphony Orchestra
50% off tickets for under-18s.
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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.