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.


Helen Grime's Percussion Concerto

Marin Alsop conducts Colin Currie performing the world premiere of Helen Grime's Percussion Concerto.

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Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

Sir Roger Norrington conducts Purcell's tragic opera and Handel's Water Music Suites 1 and 2.

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Elgar's Symphony No. 2

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

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Alice Mary Smith's Andante

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

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

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Elgar's Cello Concerto

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

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

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Bax's Tintagel

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

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

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