The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s spring season promises to provide new perspectives on some of history’s great composers as well as focus on contemporary music from some of today’s most exceptional creators. Artistic excellence and innovative programmes deliver a rich and varied repertoire bringing to audiences music from contemporary composers Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Tarik O’Regan as well as Sibelius, Mozart, Prokofiev, Elgar and Berlioz. Outstanding national and international artists will perform with the orchestra and include winner of the 2010 Classical BRIT award for Young British Performer of the Year, violinist Jack Liebeck, bass-baritone Sir Willard White, pianist Alexei Volodin and world-renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman, who performs at the Royal Festival Hall with his daughter, soprano Arianna Zukerman.
Two concerts at London’s Cadogan Hall will feature works by two of the UK’s most exciting contemporary composers. In a special concert on Tuesday 12th March, one of Britain's most dynamic composers and Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, will introduce his work, including Symphony No 6 and Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise. Conducted by Martyn Brabbins, the concert will include a performance of Maxwell Davies’ Violin Concerto No. 1 by award-wining Jack Liebeck. On 23rd April, Tarik O’Regan’s Suite from the Heart of Darkness for narrator (actor Samuel West) and orchestra will receive its London première. Inspired by Joseph Conrad's novella, the young, London-born composer Tarik O’Regan received critical acclaim for his opera and has also garnered two Grammy nominations and two British Composer Awards in the course of his career. Alongside his own work, Tarik specially programmed two renowned masterworks, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 and Elgar’s Cockaigne, composed around the time that Conrad wrote Heart of Darkness (1899) giving added perspective to the concert. Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture is a vibrant celebration of London, depicting a couple exploring the metropolis, enjoying sounds from church bells to a brass band.
Ian Maclay, Managing Director, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, comments:
“The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has had a long and happy relationship with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, indeed commissioning his first violin concerto. We consider 'Max' to be one of the truly great British composers and it is interesting to contrast his music with a new young composer Tarik O'Regan which both feature in our series at our home in Cadogan Hall.”
Meanwhile, highlights of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Southbank Centre series include a progamme of Russian masterworks on Wednesday 20 March featuring Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 and Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture with conductor Kirill Karabits and pianist Alexei Volodin. Another compelling concert features epic masterpiece The Damnation of Faust, conducted by renowned Berlioz interpreter, Charles Dutoit. Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the RPO since 2009, Dutoit will present this gripping adaptation of the story of Goethe’s Faust at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 30th April featuring a stellar cast of soloists - Ruxandra Donose, Paul Groves, Benedict Nelson and Sir Willard White. Later in the spring season (29 May), also at Southbank Centre, Pinchas Zukerman, world-renowned violinist and Principal Guest Conductor of the RPO since 2009, is joined by his daughter, soprano Arianna Zukerman in a performance of two works from Vienna’s finest - Mahler Symphony No. 4 and Mozart Violin Concerto No.3 ‘Strassburg’.