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BBC SO Total Immersion: Anders Hillborg

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Saturday 22 February, at London venues

Anders Hillborg

Anders Hillborg – photo by Mats Lundqvist

The event includes: Camilla’s Classical: Anders Hillborg & Ivan’s Childhood – Camilla Lundberg’s documentary examining Hillborg’s life and work (10.30am);

Hillborg’s chamber music, introduced by the composer (Milton Court Concert Hall, 1.30pm); the BBC Singers performing Hillborg’s choral music including O Dessa Ögon, Mouyayoum and the UK premiere of The Breathing of the World (St Giles Cripplegate, 4pm);

Talk – Meet the composer (6pm); and Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Hillborg’s music including the UK premieres of Peacock Tales and the Violin Concerto (Barbican Hall, 7.30pm).

Tickets £37-£50.

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
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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’.

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