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Philharmonia Chamber Players: Turina and Ravel

Royal Festival Hall.
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Rebecca Chan – violin
David López Ibáñez – violin
Sylvain Séailles – viola
Ella Rundle – cello


Turina La oración del torero

Ravel String Quartet

Four Philharmonia string players give a free performance of Ravel’s String Quartet, widely regarded as one of the pinnacles of the chamber music repertoire.

By turns lively, lyrical, contemplative and stormy, Ravel’s masterpiece requires great technical and expressive skill – and our string players have plenty of both. If you’re new to French music, this is a fantastic place to start.

Spanish composer Joaquín Turina took what he admired about the music of Debussy and Ravel (who he met while studying in Paris) and gave it a distinctive Spanish, folkloric flavour. He gave a vivid description of the moment that inspired The Bullfighter’s Prayer: ‘During an afternoon of bullfighting in the Madrid arena … I saw my work. Behind a small door, there was a chapel, filled with incense, where toreadors went right before facing death [and] in front of this poor altar… prayed to God to protect their lives.’

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Prices & Discounts


Ticket required

Running time

35 mins

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue.

Box office

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


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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