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Live stream: Salonen conducts Britten and Ravel

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Soprano Julia Bullock


Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Julia Bullock – soprano


Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte

Britten Les illuminations

Ravel Mother Goose (complete ballet)

The 2020/21 season is Esa-Pekka Salonen’s last as Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia, a position he has held since 2008. For his first concert in this landmark season he has invited outstanding American soprano Julia Bullock to make her Philharmonia and Royal Festival Hall debut.

At the heart of the programme is Britten’s Les Illuminations, a setting of nine poems by Rimbaud. Britten’s expressive writing for voice and strings, and Rimbaud’s vivid and fantastical texts, lure us into an unearthly, dreamlike world.

Salonen and Bullock’s performance of this piece with the San Francisco Symphony was acclaimed as “something of a revelation… a performance of magnificent expansiveness” (San Francisco Chronicle).

To frame the Britten, Salonen has chosen two equally evocative pieces by Ravel. His Pavane imagines a princess of the Spanish Golden Age in a slow, graceful dance. And each exquisitely delicate movement of the 1912 ballet he created from his Mother Goose Suite paints a vivid fairytale scene.

Gentle flutes introduce Sleeping Beauty, sprightly percussion and woodwinds tell the story of the Empress of the Pagodas. Ravel’s unmatched talent for orchestration gives every member of the Philharmonia a chance to shine.


This concert is supported by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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Prices & Discounts

£9 – £20

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Running time

70-80 minutes


Where to watch

For audiences in the UK, tickets will be available via TicketCo. Your confirmation email will provide you a unique link to watch the stream

For audiences outside the UK, the concert will be streamed live on IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall platform.

Programme notes

Read the programme notes here

Will it be available after broadcast?

Yes. The performance will be available for video on demand after broadcast. Look out for ‘Video on demand’ listings on the Philharmonia ‘What’s On’ page

Is this a live performance?

Yes. The stream is completely live

Was it produced safely?

Yes. We are working with independent health and safety experts and have robust risk assessment procedures in place drawing from Public Health England advice

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