Pekka Kuusisto – conductor
Martin Fröst – clarinet


Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi – Sinfonia Listen

Anna Clyne Clarinet Concerto, 'Weathered' (UK premiere)

— Interval —

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Listen

Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Listen

As long as teenagers fall in love, the story of Romeo and Juliet will never go out of fashion.

Pekka Kuusisto brings together three composers’ takes on Shakespeare’s story, from the ‘Sinfonia’ that opens Bellini’s 1830 opera The Capulets and the Montagues, to Bernstein’s 1957 Broadway triumph West Side Story. Bellini’s trumpets and drums foretell a fatal battle, Tchaikovsky frames his yearning love theme with music full of anxiety and violence. And Bernstein captures the febrile energy and passion of adolescence in memorable numbers including ‘Somewhere’ and ‘Mambo’.

“Until you’ve heard Martin Fröst, you really haven’t heard the clarinet”, according to The Times. Well now’s your chance – the extraordinarily talented Fröst is the soloist in a new concerto, Weathered, by our Featured Composer Anna Clyne. The concerto is in five short movements, each describing a different material being weathered – worn down, re-shaped, damaged, but perhaps also rendered more beautiful and more precious.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£15 – £70

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse (limited availability)

Running time:

1 hr 30 mins, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available here.

Box office

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

After the event

Panel discussion with audience in front
9.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

Insights Talk

Teddy Prout, the Philharmonia’s Director of Learning & Engagement, in conversation with Anna Clyne and Martin Fröst

Free, no ticket required


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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