Edward Gardner: Principal Conductor
Edward Gardner: Our new Principal Conductor
The arrival of a new Principal Conductor is a big moment in the life of any orchestra. And coming out of the year we’ve just had, Edward Gardner’s first season directing the LPO is a landmark in every sense. ‘I’m thrilled to have been appointed Principal Conductor’, he says. ‘I worked with the Orchestra early in my career and I was quite overwhelmed by the brilliance and virtuosity of the musicians.’
Gardner’s first season takes that energy and runs with it. He’s opening with a real statement of intent: Tippett’s opera The Midsummer Marriage is a celebration of hope and renewal – a real starburst of optimism. To make it even more of a celebration, Gardner has invited his old colleagues from across the river at the Coliseum, the Chorus of English National Opera.
That’s just the start of a season filled with old friends and new. Gardner conducts contemporary music from the USA, a tribute to Oliver Knussen, freshly-minted masterpieces from Composer-in- Residence Brett Dean, and collaborations with Bryn Terfel and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Plus, of course, the landmarks of the symphonic repertoire, from Berlioz to Mahler. ‘I’ve relished the passion and hunger the LPO brings to performance’, says Gardner: things are about to get exciting.
25 Sep 2021 | The Midsummer Marriage
Edward Gardner makes his debut as the LPO’s Principal Conductor with a landmark concert performance of Michael Tippett’s dazzling opera The Midsummer Marriage.
1 Oct 2021 | Fantastic Symphony
Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz’s roof-raising Symphonie fantastique, alongside Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps, and Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto, played by the superb Nicolas Altstaedt.
6 Nov 2021 | In Bluebeard’s Castle
The blazing sunlight of Haydn’s 90th Symphony is followed by Bartók’s dark psychological thriller Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Edward Gardner. Two very different musical visions in one unforgettable evening.
10 Nov 2021 | Landscapes and Lovesongs
A programme of mystery, adventure and romance. Edward Gardner conducts warm-hearted miniatures by Grieg, before Sibelius’s invigorating Second Symphony, and Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Jan Lisiecki.
9 Mar 2022 | Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Shostakovich
Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Shostakovich’s rarely heard masterpiece of a cello concerto, written at the height of the Cold War, alongside works by Judith Weir, Daniel Kidane and Bartók, conducted by Edward Gardner.
19 Mar 2022 | Bryn Terfel sings Brahms
Bryn Terfel brings a lifetime of incomparable communicative power to Brahms's magnificent late songs, alongside Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande and Mendelssohn's ethereal overture, conducted by Edward Gardner.
2 Apr 2022 | A German Requiem
Music that reaches for the sublime, with Brahms’s German Requiem, featuring soprano Christiane Karg and
baritone Roderick Williams, Messiaen's Le tombeau resplendissant and Lili Boulanger’s Psalm 129.
27 Apr 2022 | War and Peace
Edward Gardner conducts some of the greatest works to come out of Britain at war: Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony and Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem. Programme includes the UK premiere of LPO Composer-in-Residence Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, performed by Alban Gerhardt.