BBC ORCHESTRAS AND CHOIRS OPEN THEIR RESPECTIVE 18/19 SEASONS

BBC ORCHESTRAS AND CHOIRS: 18/19 SEASON OPENERS

BBC ORCHESTRAS AND CHOIRS OPEN THEIR RESPECTIVE 18/19 SEASONS WITH THE FOLLOWING HIGHLIGHTS

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Professor Brian Cox present Holst The Planets – Saturday 29th September 7:30pm, Barbican Concert Hall with Conductor Ben Gernon and BBC Symphony Orchestra

Inspired by the mythological character of each planet, Holst created what has become one of the 20th century’s best-loved and most iconic works for orchestra. On the centenary of its premiere, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ben Gernon join forces with Professor Brian Cox to take a fresh musical and visual look at The Planets and cast new light on Holst’s vividly atmospheric masterpiece.

Tickets: £12 – £48 plus booking fee* • Tel: 020 7638 8891 • Online: TICKETS

This concert will be broadcast live (7.30pm) on BBC Radio 3 where it will be available to listen again for 30 days

Julian Joseph’s Tristan and Isolde – Friday 5 October, 7:30pm, Southbank Centre with BBC Concert Orchestra, Julian Joseph Trio and Conductor Clark Rundell

Romance and tragedy collide in Julian Joseph’s reworking of the ancient legend of Tristan and Isolde. This oratorio for today draws inspiration from the worlds of jazz and classical music creating a contemporary setting for one of opera’s best-known works. This new libretto sets the historic tale in modern day London, exploring themes such as identity, discovery and multiculturalism. 

In this world premiere and concert performance, composer and pianist Joseph is joined by a range of international vocalists, including Carleen Anderson, Ken Papenfus, Christine Tobin and Cleveland Watkiss, and jazz soloists to collaborate on this significant new work with the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.

Tickets: £12 – £25 plus booking fee* • Tel: 020 7638 8891 • Online: TICKETS

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on October 9th BBC Radio 3 where it will be available to listen again for 30 days

Sofi Jeannin conducts Lully and Rameau – Friday 19 October, 7:30pm, Milton Court Concert Hall with South Asian dance company Akademi

In her new post as Chief Conductor, Sofi Jeannin returns to Milton Court with the BBC Singers in a programme of early French music as never heard before. Here, the BBC Singers are joined by dynamic South Asian dance company Akademi for a vibrant and contemporary interpretation of dances by Rameau. Akademi’s pioneering work embraces classical and contemporary South Asian dance styles.

Tickets: £12 – £25 plus booking fee* • Tel: 020 7638 8891 • Online: TICKETS 

This concert will be broadcast live (7.30pm) on BBC Radio 3 where it will be available to listen again for 30 days

Afternoon Fiesta – Friday 28 September, 2:00pm, BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff with Conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Mexican conductor, Carlos Miguel Prieto joins BBC NOW to formally launch the new season with flare. Featuring works from his home country, the programme includes Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, and Sensemayá by Revueltas, based on the poem of the same title by the Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén. The concert also features BBC New Generation Artist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad to perform Walton’s Viola Concerto.

Tickets: £15 plus booking fee*; concessions, student tickets and family tickets are available • Tel: 0800 052 1812 • Online: TICKETS

This concert will be broadcast live (2pm) on BBC Radio 3 where it will be available to listen again for 30 days

Respighi/Walton/Sibelius – Saturday 22 September, 7:30pm The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester with Conductor John Storgårds and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

The BBC Philharmonic and Chief Guest Conductor John Storgårds open their new season with a programme inspired by Italy. William Walton’s rhapsodic Cello Concerto was written after the composer had relocated to the Italian island of Ischia. Similarly, Sibelius’s Second Symphony, long thought a tribute to his native Finland, was influenced by and written in Italy. Finally, Respighi’s cherished tribute to the Rome concludes the programme. 

Tickets: £12.50 – £40.50 plus booking fees* • Tel: 0161 907 9000 • Online: TICKETS

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on September 24th BBC Radio 3 where it will be available to listen again for 30 days

Rhapsody in Blue and Songfest – Thursday 20 September, 7.30pm City Halls, Glasgow with Conductor Thomas Dausgaard and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

This concert is an all-American programme as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra open their 18/19 season. Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man will be heard alongside Augusta Read Thomas’s brand new work Brio, and Gershwin’s ever-evocative, Rhapsody in Blue. To conclude, six leading singers perform in Bernstein’s Songfest. Originally written for the US Bicentennial celebrations, it’s more relevant than ever in its composer’s 100th anniversary year.

Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room – Thomas Dausgaard, BBC SSO Chief Conductor, introduces the 2018/19 Season and the evening’s concert (free to ticket-holders, subject to seating availability). 

Tickets: £14 – £28 plus booking fee* • Tel: 0141 353 8000 • Online: TICKETS