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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Antonio Pappano

Vaughan Williams, Elgar & Bax, with David Cohen

Sir Antonio Pappano conducting, smiling and facing the musicians of the LSO.

Two reflective works from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar, plus Arnold Bax’s evocative portrait of the Cornish countryside.

Reminicent, ruminating and spiralling: Elgar’s Cello Concerto is unlike his early works and yet remains one of his most popular. The cello’s humble voice pushes its way through the orchestra in a soliloquy to a lost way of life. 

At the time of his last symphony, Vaughan Williams had seen the damage of two world wars. Initially inspired by tales of vengeance and justice, this symphony balances dark with warmth, dread with hope. Bax’s symphonic poem paints Tintagel Castle on a ‘sunny but not windless day’, soaring among the characters who once inhabited it.

The LSO and Sir Antonio Pappano bring vibrant colour brazen light to these late-career British works. Principal cellist Cello David Cohen steps into the solo spot for the elegiac concerto.

This performance will end at approximately 8.45pm, including a 20-minute interval (timings subject to change).

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Guaranteed entry to the concert – your seat will only be allocated on the day of the performance. You could be placed anywhere in the Hall, in seats worth at least £18. Book early for the best price – following an initial allocation Wildcards may rise in price from £12 to £16.

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