For nearly 90 years the London Philharmonic Orchestra has been at the heart of music-making in London, Britain and Europe.
There’s never been any one thing called ‘British music’, but throughout 2019 the Orchestra is taking a look at over 300 years of music in these islands, whether made in Britain, or inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of the audiences that composers of all nations have found here.
There are rediscoveries – the deeply romantic music of Alice Mary Smith, for example. And even familiar voices can tell surprising stories: the volcanic fury of Walton’s First Symphony; the sensual passion of Bax’s Tintagel, and the tragicomic, startlingly honest self-portrait that Elgar called Falstaff.
The exploration of British music continues into 2019/20 with more stunning performances. Holst’s The Planets bring celestial grandeur, Elgar’s The Apostles clashes with Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in depictions of religious rites, and towards the end of 2019, they celebrate the music of British cinema.
The isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs: as diverse, as complicated and as vital as Britain itself. They’re part of a common heritage that the LPO has always been proud to share.
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