Leeds Town Hall
Concert begins at 7.30pm
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner - conductor
Lawrence Power - viola
Walton - Prelude: Richard III Listen
Walton - Viola Concerto Listen
Elgar - Symphony No 2 Listen
Elgar’s second (and last) symphony was dedicated to the late King Edward VII who had recently passed away and the second movement is a funeral march. Elgar instructed: “I want you to imagine a great crowd of silent people, watching the passing of a beloved sovereign. Strings, you must play those semiquaver figures of yours like the sigh of an immense crowd... Oboe, I want you to play your lament entirely free, with all the expression you can get into it...”
Elgar said that he was inspired to write this movement following a visit to Venice and also by a Percy Shelley poem but another profound influence was his friendship with Alice Stuart Wortley, with whom many believed he was in a romantic relationship.
"My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require." Edward ElgarPre-concert talk 6.45pm
Mark Pallant discusses the evening’s works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
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