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Horn Calls

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Join the Philharmonia Orchestra for a celebration of the French horn, featuring a major world premiere.

Alongside it, the orchestra presents a selection of classic works made glorious by one of the most distinctive and versatile orchestral instruments.

The Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen began his musical life as a horn player.

Many more horn players have played a major part in the orchestra’s history, including Dennis Brain, Principal Horn from the orchestra’s formation until his untimely death in 1957.

To mark the opening of the Philharmonia’ 75th birthday celebrations, the orchestra has commissioned a new horn concerto from Mark-Anthony Turnage, known for his dazzlingly theatrical music and skilful blending of classical and jazz, to be performed by a former Philharmonia Principal Horn, Richard Watkins.

Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn & strings is a haunting setting of six night-time poems by writers including Blake, Tennyson and Keats.

Composed for Dennis Brain when he was just 24 years old, this is the piece that launched his solo career, and it has entranced horn players and listeners ever since.

The orchestra’s current horn section have their chance to shine too, in the serene hymn that opens Weber’s overture to his opera The Freeshooter and the leaping, hurtling theme that embodies the mischievous trickster of German folklore, Till Eulenspiegel, as depicted by Richard Strauss.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Richard Watkins horn
Allan Clayton tenor

Repertoire

Weber: Overture, Der Freischütz
Mark-Anthony Turnage: Horn Concerto (World premiere)
Interval
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn & strings
R Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

Dates & times

16 Jan 2020
Approximate run time: 115 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£12, £19, £28, £36, £45, £58

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats or on the Philharmonia’s Christmas concerts on 12 and 15 December 2019.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: Insights talk: Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage in conversation. Admission free.