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Philharmonia Chamber Players: Tango

Royal Festival Hall
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Chamber players


Soong Choo – violin
Nuno Carapina – violin
Sylvain Séailles – viola
Alexander Rolton – cello
Katalin Koltai – guitar


Castelnuovo-Tedesco Guitar Quintet Op. 143

Piazzolla Histoire du Tango

Bask in the sound of the Spanish guitar in this programme selected by members of the Philharmonia, joined by acclaimed guitarist Katalin Koltai.

The charming guitar quintet by Castelnuovo-Tedesco is a gem that brings to mind balmy Mediterranean evenings, dreamy and nostalgic. Listen out for the theme ‘Souvenir d’Espagne’ – a jaunty, sunny tune that’s very tempting to clap to.

From Spain we travel to the smoke-filled cafés and nightclubs of Buenos Aires for Histoire du tango. This is Astor Piazzolla’s passionate love letter to the quintessentially Argentinian musical form, which he worked all his life to renew and bring to a global audience.

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Running time

45 minutes, no interval

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717

After the event


Birdsong: Aimard plays Messiaen and Ravel

Pablo Heras-Casado – conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard – piano

  • Ravel Miroirs
  • Messiaen Réveil des oiseaux
  • Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Royal Festival Hall

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


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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No ticket required