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August Premieres – Philip Venables

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Friday 17th August at 7.30pm, Royal Albert Hall, London
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Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev and Venables

Edward Elgar
Introduction and Allegro(14 mins)
Philip Venables
Béla Bartók
Venables Plays BartokBBC commission: world premiere
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No 5 in B flat major(44 mins)

Maverick Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto made a memorable Proms debut in 2016. Now he returns to premiere a new violin concerto written especially for him by award-winning young British composer Philip Venables.

The piece grows out of a recording the composer found of himself as a teenager playing one of Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches to his teacher’s teacher, Rudolf Botta, a Hungarian refugee – and the journey that ensued.

The concerto is framed by two works suffused with sunny optimism – Elgar’s lovely Introduction and Allegro for strings and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a piece that rejoices in ‘the strength and beauty of the human spirit’.


August Premieres – Thea Musgrave

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7.30pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Thea Musgrave
Musgrave: Turbulent Landscapes (Scottish premiere)
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins Conductor
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Director
Elizabeth Watts Soprano
Christopher Maltman Baritone

BBC SSO: Turbulent Landscapes Scottish Premiere, celebrating the 90th birthday of one of Scotland’s most internationally renowned composers, Thea Musgrave, with her remarkable Turbulent Landscapes, a powerful musical journey through six vivid land and seascapes by J. M. W. Turner.


Psappha and the BBC Philharmonic

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New Music Northwest Festival

Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 7.30pm, The Studios MediaCityUK

New Music Northwest Festival


David Horne Resonating Instruments
Tom Coult Two Games and a Nocturne

Psappha Ensemble

Laura Bowler 3811 Nautical Miles
Larry Goves New Work (world première)
Mario Duarte Metztli
Grace-Evangeline Mason Kintsukouroi

BBC Philharmonic
Mark Heron conductor

Resonating Instruments is rhapsodic and volatile, entwining the ensemble around a solo cimbalom. “An absorbing work” – The Times.

Two Games and a Nocturne alternates skittish piano solos with bluesy jamboree in a work that, in Coult’s own words, “does what it says on the tin” with its two playful games followed by a gently swaying night-time reverie.

In this joint concert with the BBC Philharmonic we give well-deserved second performances of two of Psappha 25th anniversary commissions.

Psappha has now allocated all tickets for this event. If you would still like to come to the performance you can apply for tickets through BBC Audiences. Applications for tickets opens on 30 October and close on 5 November. For more information please click HERE.


Sarah Francis in classic fm Full Works concert

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catherine-bott-studio-classic-fmThursday 7th April, 8pm

It’s World Health Day, and Catherine Bott is marking this in music tonight. There are more links to the world of classical music than you may imagine, from patrons of medicine to fully trained professionals.




Wolf-Ferrari: Doctor Cupid – Overture
Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Opus 54
Stephen Hough/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons
Borodin: Petite Suite
Russian State Symphony Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov
Handel: Oboe Concerto No.3 in G minor
Sarah Francis/London Harpsichord Ensemble

Jarre: Doctor Zhivago – Lara’s Theme
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Kreisler: Liebesleid – Ji Liu
Berlioz: Royal Hunt & Storm
Orchestre de Paris/Daniel Barenboim
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