Premieres and Composer Focuses

Premieres and Composer Focuses

We celebrate new music this season with premieres including a Cello Concerto by Composer-in-Residence Brett Dean, the UK premiere of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio, and Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion. We also present Composer Focuses on Lili Boulanger and Oliver Knussen, and the launch of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Vaughan Williams.

4 Dec 2021 | Christmas Oratorio

Mark Elder conducts the UK premiere of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio, featuring soprano Lucy Crowe, baritone Roderick Williams and the London Philharmonic Choir.

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8 Dec 2021 | Jurowski conducts Rachmaninoff

In his first concert as Conductor Emeritus, Vladimir Jurowski conducts Shostakovich’s searing First Violin Concerto, featuring Leonidas Kavakos, before Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, and a haunting nocturne by Brett Dean.

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19 Feb 2022 | Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion

A tale of wonder, truth and gentle but irresistible transformation. Tan Dun himself conducts the UK premiere of this masterpiece in which legends of Buddhism meet the tradition of Bach’s great choral Passions.

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23 Feb 2022 | Escape Velocity

Experience Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, John Adams’s high-octane joyride, Kaija Saariaho’s interstellar artefacts, and the creation of a new musical world: a piano concerto by Jimmy López.

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25 Mar 2022 | Movie Legends

Film music from legendary Hollywood composer Danny Elfman alongside Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Symphony. Colin Currie performs the world premiere of Elfman’s Percussion Concerto.

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30 Mar 2022 | Visions and Utterances

The sounds of today in all their diversity, with UK premieres from Mason Bates, Missy Mazzoli, Rebecca Saunders and George Walker, featuring pianist Nicholas Hodges and conducted by Edward Gardner.

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27 Apr 2022 | War and Peace

Edward Gardner conducts some of the greatest works to come out of Britain at war: Vaughan Williams Fifth Symphony and Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem. The programme also includes the UK premiere of LPO Composer-in-Residence Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, performed by Alban Gerhardt.

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