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Philharmonia Sessions: Sheku performs Saint-Saëns

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John Wilson – conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason – cello
Anne-Marie Minhall – presenter


Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1

— Interval —

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

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The Philharmonia Sessions is a series of new online performances. Take the best seat in your house to enjoy specially created 50-minute performances of some of the most uplifting classical music.

We open this hopeful new chapter in our history with a celebration of string playing. Star cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who became a household name when he played at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018, performs Saint-Saëns’s lyrical Cello Concerto No. 1.

John Wilson conducts one of the nation’s favourite pieces, the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. Vaughan Williams’s rhapsodic masterpiece is well suited to socially-distanced performance – he divides his forces into two mini-orchestras and a string quartet, and asks for them to be placed as far apart as possible, to weave a web of luminous sound around the listener.

Supported by:
John and Carol Wates
The Wates Foundation

Promoted in partnership with Classic FM.

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Running time

50 minutes

Programme notes

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Is this a live performance?

No, this is a deferred broadcasts/stream. It is performed and filmed shortly ahead of the broadcast date and time.

Where to watch

The performance will be streamed on the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel and on Classic FM’s Facebook Live.

Was it produced safely?

Yes. We are working with independent health and safety experts and have robust risk assessment procedures in place drawing from Public Health England advice.

Where is the performance filmed?

At Battersea Arts Centre in London.

Will it be available after broadcast?

Yes. It will be available on the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel for 30 days after broadcast.

Please note

The performance was originally announced as Friday 17 July, but has been moved to Thursday 16 July at 7pm.

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