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Concert season

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

19 March 2016

Music by Walton and Elgar.

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​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 Elgar

Pre-concert talk 6.45pm
Albert Room
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.

View the brochure online for Leeds International Orchestral Season 2015/16

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Price:   £33.50, £30.50, £28, £22, £16.50, £12.50 (discounts available).

Contact details:   Box Office: 0113 376 0318

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