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Hilary Hahn: The Lark Ascending

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Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 1 July. General booking opens Thursday, 8 July.

Violinist Hilary Hahn in black blouse with her instrument smiling.


Elim Chan – conductor
Hilary Hahn – violin


Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

Gabriella Smith Tumblebird Contrails

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1

— Interval —

Brahms Symphony No. 2

Hilary Hahn’s fantastic playing, and her barrier-busting approach to classical music, have won her a global community of fans.

Tonight she joins forces with captivating conductor Elim Chan in two contrasting pieces written at the time of the First World War. In Vaughan Williams’s beloved The Lark Ascending the violin soars joyfully above a lush orchestral evocation of the English countryside. Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto too is full of lyricism, and virtuosity too, but with a darker edge.

Different birds, in a very different landscape, feature in Gabriella Smith’s depiction of a moment on the Pacific coast of the US, ‘watching a pair of ravens playing in the wind, rolling, swooping, diving, soaring.’ And the pastoral mood of the first half of the concert returns in Brahms’s rich and radiant Symphony No. 2. 

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Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Student tickets


Available through Student Pulse.
Limited availability.

Running time:

1h 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Read the programme notes here. Free printed programmes will be available at the venue.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717

Woman and man in a panel discussion.

Insights talk

Sunday 7 November 2021, 6pm, The Clore Ballroom

Laurence Rose, conservationist with the RSPB, author and composer, talks about how composers including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gabriella Smith and Olivier Messiaen have been inspired by the sounds, movements and interactions of birds. Free, no ticket required. Presented in partnership with The Climate Coalition.


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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Part of Human/Nature Series

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