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Philharmonia Chamber Players: Prodigy and Fantasy

Royal Festival Hall
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Principal violist Yukiko Ogura in performance.


Benjamin Marquise Gilmore – violin
Rebecca Chan – violin
William Bender – viola
Yukiko Ogura – viola
Alexander Rolton – cello
Tom Blomfield – oboe


Mendelssohn String Quintet No. 1 Listen

Britten Phantasy Quartet Op. 2 Listen

Early works by two masters of their craft rub shoulders in this free evening with the Philharmonia Chamber Players.

Written when he was just 17, Mendelssohn’s String Quintet showcases a composer already at the height of his skills. Fiery virtuosity and memorable melodies stand out from a luxurious sound-world that envelops the listener like a warm embrace. It’s a chance to hear the Philharmonia’s celebrated rich string sound in a more intimate setting.

From one young prodigy to another – Britten wrote his Phantasy Quartet when he was 18. The piece takes us on a journey out of silence and back again, through a brooding, uncertain landscape coloured by the expressive sound of the solo oboe. Tonight’s performance features the Philharmonia’s young Joint Principal Oboe Tom Blomfield.

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Running time

45 minutes, no interval

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

After the event

Violinist Nicola Benedetti in focused performance.

Nicola Benedetti plays Brahms

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Nicola Benedetti – violin

  • Brahms Violin Concerto
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad'
Royal Festival Hall

Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday, 4 November. General booking opens Thursday, 11 November.


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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