Music In Flight

May

13

Wednesday

SIBELIUS Finlandia
BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
PRT Fratres
SIBELIUS Symphony No.5

Anu Tali Conductor
Benjamin Hullet Tenor
TBC French Horn
Matthew Gee Trombone

Opening the concert is Finlandia, Sibelius bold statement on a Finnish national identity that offers a glimpse of the soul of a nation and an urge to escape Russian oppression. His Symphony No.5 further explores the composers admiration for the natural beauty of his homeland, creating a tangible sense of awe from the opening statement from the brass to the staggered cadence of the exultant finale.

Also featuring in the programme is Brittens Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, an eight-movement setting of British poems that includes works by Alfred Tennyson, William Blake and John Keats, and is framed by haunting solos from the French horn. Prts Fratres is a mesmerising work that alternates between frantic trombone arpeggios, a repeating percussion motif and unearthly moments of stillness in the strings that blur the lines between accompaniment and melody to beautiful effect.

This concert is preceded by an RPO Prelude at 6.15pm.

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