Leading the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra
1:05 PM13:05

Leading the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra

Sir Mark Elder conductor

Shostakovich Symphony No 8 in C minor, Op 65

Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra and Barbirolli Chair of Conducting at the Academy, returns to conduct Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony following the highly acclaimed performance of the composer’s Fifth here in December 2016. Written in 1943 in the ‘tragic’ key of C minor, many critics argue that the optimism of the work’s conclusion sets it apart from previous symphonies in that key by such composers as Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler.

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London Sinfonietta 50th Anniversary Concert
7:30 PM19:30

London Sinfonietta 50th Anniversary Concert

Sir Harrison Birtwistle The Message
Igor Stravinsky Octet                                    
György Ligeti Chamber Concerto
Deborah Pritchard new work for solo saxophone (world premiere)
Samantha Fernando Formations (world premiere)
Hans Abrahamsen Left, alone (London premiere)
Various composers Encore! (14 variations on a Purcell Hornpipe; world premiere)

David Atherton conductor                                    
George Benjamin conductor                                    
Vladimir Jurowski conductor                                    
Tamara Stefanovich solo piano
Simon Haram solo saxophone
London Sinfonietta
London Sinfonietta Academy Alumni


Wednesday, 24th of January 19:30

Royal Festival Hall, London

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Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists
7:30 PM19:30

Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists

Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists comprises the finest young string players from the Royal Academy of Music.

Their programme pairs Mahler’s shrewdly judged arrangement of Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’, created in 1896, with the folk-like charm and energy of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.

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