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A Feast of Elgar

Royal Festival Hall
£12 — £58
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Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 9.30am.

Cellist Pablo Ferrández holding his cello in one hand, the bow in the other hand, smiling and looking at the camera


Elim Chan – conductor
Pablo Ferrández – cello


Elgar Cockaigne Overture (In London Town)

Elgar Cello Concerto

— Interval —

Elgar Enigma Variations

Two charismatic young stars join forces for a three-course feast of Elgar.

Since her Philharmonia debut in 2017, Elim Chan has cemented her place as a favourite with musicians and audiences alike. She is joined by Pablo Ferrández, a cellist with “pop-idol magnetism, superb technique and exhilarating musicality” (LA Times) in Elgar’s beloved Cello Concerto.

In contrast to the Concerto’s profound beauty, the evening opens with Elgar’s cheerful portrayal of bustling Edwardian London. The composer himself described his overture as “stout and steaky… honest, healthy, humorous and strong”.

The Enigma Variations, Elgar’s tribute to his closest friends, crowns the programme. From the tender grace of the first variation, representing his beloved wife Alice, to the solemn grandeur of ‘Nimrod’, a grateful offering to his publisher, and other character sketches full of warmth and humour, this is the work that launched Elgar on the road to national treasure status.

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Prices & Discounts

£12 – £58 (premium)

Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running Time

1 hour 30 minutes, including 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

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Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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£12 — £58