Delius – La Calinda
Walton – Cello Concerto
Delius – On hearing the 1st Cuckoo in Spring
Elgar – Enigma Variations
England is dreaming, and as winter closes in escape from it all with some of British music’s sunniest and most spring-like masterpieces.
Delius heard his First Cuckoo in a French garden. William Walton composed his Cello Concerto in Italy, and a warm Mediterranean laps at its very opening bars. But who’s counting when it all sounds so irresistibly English?
For the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, British music is a living tradition – one that will sound fresher and livelier than ever with conductor Christoph Koenig and the acclaimed young cellist Jamie Walton. And no piece says ‘England’ quite like Elgar’s Enigma Variations, the musical portrait-gallery that’s become part of our national life. Renew your acquaintance with Dan the Bulldog, the door-slamming Troyte, and EDU, the ebullient composer himself: because if all you’ve heard of the Enigma Variations is the glorious Nimrod, you really don’t know the half of it!
Pre-concert talk: Woods-Scawen Room 6.15pm. Click here for more information.