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Philharmonia Chamber Players: Theseus

Royal Festival Hall
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Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay – violin
Fiona Cornall – violin
Gijs Kramer – viola
Deirdre Cooper – cello
Heidi Krutzen – harp


Bax Quintet for Harp and Strings

Raymond Murray Schafer Theseus

Enjoy a free concert programmed and performed by members of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Arnold Bax’s love for Irish landscape led him to compose the heartfelt Quintet for Harp and Strings, evocative of the sights and sounds of a visit to the country after the First World War.

Next, discover the music of Canadian composer and environmentalist Raymond Murray Schafer. Theseus opens with a lingering, mysterious note held by the bowed strings, perhaps depicting Ariadne’s guiding thread in the Minotaur’s labyrinth. Then follows a dramatic journey in which Schafer explores the harp’s full breadth of sound, from lush glissandos and delightful plucked melodies to passages where the strings are hit with a stick for a powerful, dramatic effect.

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Running time

45 minutes, no interval

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Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717

After the event

Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Sunlight on water: Sibelius and Beethoven

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Pekka Kuusisto – violin

  • Sibelius Violin Concerto
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
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