Isle of Noises

January–December 2019

For nine decades the London Philharmonic Orchestra has been at the heart of music-making in London, in the British Isles and in Europe – and we know that there’s never been any one thing called ‘British music’. Throughout 2019 we’ll be taking our own look at over three centuries of music in these islands, whether made in the British Isles, or inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of the audiences that composers of all nations found here including Purcell, Haydn, Handel and Helen Grime.

18/19 season | 19/20 season

2018/19 Concert Season


Elgar's Symphony No. 2 | 8 February 2019

Be swept away by Elgar's Second Symphony, after Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1.

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Alice Mary Smith's Andante | 27 February 2019

Hear Alice Mary Smith's deeply romantic Andante for Clarinet and Orchestra as well as Brahms's Symphony No. 2.

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Haydn's The Seasons | 2 March 2019

Vladimir Jurowski conducts Haydn's The Seasons, written especially to appeal to British audiences.

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Elgar's Cello Concerto | 23 March 2019

Kian Soltani performs Elgar's much loved Cello Concerto, before Mahler's Symphony No. 1, conducted by Edward Gardner.

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Walton's Symphony No. 1 | 27 March 2019

Vasily Petrenko conducts Walton's First Symphony, after Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1.

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Bax's Tintagel | 5 April 2019

Inspired by a Cornish castle, Bax's Tintagel is paired with Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 and Grieg's Piano Concerto.

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Elgar's Falstaff | 27 April 2019

Vladimir Jurowski conducts Elgar's Falstaff, a depiction of Shakespeare's lumbering knight, after Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2.

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2019/20 Concert Season

Jurowski's Tchaikovsky | 27 September 2019

The season kicks off with Tchaikovsky’s blazing, autobiographical final symphony, alongside a homage to a great friend, the late Oliver Knussen, and Britten’s powerful Violin Concerto with Julia Fischer.

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To the summit | 2 October 2019

Waterfalls, glaciers and an ear-splitting storm – experience Strauss’s vast hymn to nature, alongside Elgar’s profoundly romantic Violin Concerto, performed by Nicola Benedetti.

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar | 5 October 2019

Join us as Susanna Mälkki conducts two Sibelius masterpieces – his warmest tone-poem, The Oceanides, and his gentlest Symphony No. 6, and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, performs Elgar’s much-loved Cello Concerto.

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The Inextinguishable | 9 October 2019

‘Music is life, and like it, inextinguishable’. Edward Gardner conducts Nielsen’s depiction of the struggle of life itself (Symphony No. 4) alongside Bartok’s fiery Dance Suite and Walton’s Violin Concerto with James Ehnes.

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Holst's The Planets | 23 October 2019

The celestial sounds of Holst’s The Planets are endlessly iconic. It takes an imposing figure to take on such an astronomically grand work; Thomas Adès conducts alongside premiering his new Piano Concerto in the UK with Kirill Gerstein. Experience musical history as it’s made.

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The Apostles | 26 October 2019

As close as Elgar ever came to writing an opera, The Apostles delivers the story of early Christianity as a trilogy of stunning choral works, rich with heartfelt emotion. Who better to aid in the telling of this piece than Mark Elder?

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A celebration of British cinema | 1 November 2019

British cinema has a long history of producing unforgettable films; and beyond that unforgettable scores. In this concert, film music maestro Anthony Weeden introduces a century of British music from the moving picture. You’ll never hear them played with more energy or flair.

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Knights and angels | 6 November 2019

Escape to worlds of chivalry and castles, with Lawrence Renes conducting Strauss’s Don Juan and Elgar’s Froissart, as well as Juliette Bausor performing with Xavier de Maistre in Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto.

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Belshazzar's Feast | 9 November 2019

Definitely not your average oratorio: big, brassy and shamelessly pagan - Belshazzar’s Feast pulls no punches. Hear what caused the scandal, along with Elgar’s Enigma Variations, masterfully conducted by Marin Alsop.

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Visions of England | 7 December 2019

Vaughan Williams sheds his respectable reputation to focus on the macabre, in a deliciously devilish ballet conducted by Andrew Manze (noted Vaughan-Williams scholar). Don’t miss this departure from the expected.

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Revolution in the head | 11 December 2019

The immediacy of a film score but charged with massive symphonic power - Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 depicts a Russia on the brink of revolution. This is balanced with the breathtaking Dynamic Triptych by Foulds - the greatest 20th century piano concerto you’ve never heard.

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