Isle of Noises
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.
2018/19 Concert Season
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.
2019/20 Concert Season
Britten's Violin Concerto | 27 September 2019
Julia Fischer performs Britten’s powerful Violin Concerto; Tchaikovsky’s blazing, autobiographical final symphony follows. Join us as we start our new season.
Elgar’s Violin Concerto | 2 October 2019
Elgar’s profoundly romantic Violin Concerto is performed by Nicola Benedetti.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar | 5 October 2019
Join us as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, performs Elgar’s much-loved Cello Concerto.
Walton’s Violin Concerto | 9 October 2019
Edward Gardner conducts Walton’s Violin Concerto with James Ehnes.
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.
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?
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.
Elgar’s Froissart | 6 November 2019
Enjoy Elgar's stirring early overture and then discover one of the real hidden treasures from our Isle of Noises: Lyra Angelica by William Alwyn.
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.
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.
Foulds Dynamic Triptych | 11 December 2019
We conclude our Isle of Noises with the breathtaking Dynamic Triptych by Foulds - the greatest 20th century piano concerto you’ve never heard.