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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Prices & Discounts
£13 – £65
Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available
Available through Student Pulse.
1h 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval
Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
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.