Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tour: Classic Women
with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sat 30 Jun 8pm
Hall:£20(£19),£29.50(£28.50),£34.50(£33.50),£39.50(£37.50),£49.50(£47.50) (+bkg fee)
Conductor: Sian Edwards
Alison Balsom, trumpet
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Natalie Clein, cello
Lesley Garrett, soprano
Take four of the most dazzling stars on the UK classical music scene, combine them with some of Britain’s best-loved tunes, and you’ve got a musical party on your hands. And as the nation comes together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, that’s exactly what we’ve done!
Alison Balsom is the woman who made Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto a popular classic: no-one makes it sparkle more brightly. Nicola Benedetti has got to be the UK’s favourite violinist – and Vaughan Williams’ serene The Lark Ascending regularly tops the Classic FM Hall of Fame. Cellist Natalie Clein, meanwhile, simply drenches everything she plays in soul, and Saint-Saëns’ gloriously tuneful First Cello Concerto could have been written for her.
And – because you can’t have a gala without a splash of opera! – we also welcome the incomparable Lesley Garrett, who’ll be bringing all her trademark glamour and fun to some of your very favourite operatic arias. Throw in Ravel’s zingy Tzigane, Piazzolla’s sizzling Libertango and a sprinkling of all-time orchestral favourites, and it all adds up to a right royal celebration of a concert. So go on, spoil yourself – and crack out the musical champagne!
Programme for the evening
Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte: Overture
Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate: Part 1 Allegro
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
Bizet: Habanera & Beat out that Rhythm
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No.1
A North Country Lass (traditional)
The Bold Grenadier (traditional)
The Collier Lad (traditional)
Vaughan Williams: Lark Ascending
Lehar: Gypsy Fiddles
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With a maximum capacity of 2000 standing or 1500 seated this concert hall has an outstanding natural acoustic and is the home of our International Concert Series, as well as the majority of our music gigs and big name comedians. Butterworth Hall has recently had a £6.9 million redevelopment and reopened in autumn 2009 .
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Roger Braithwaite at 7:10pm on Thu 26th Apr 2012