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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

Glagolitic Mass

Edward Gardner conducts

Sadly this event has now been cancelled

Sibelius Pohjola’s Daughter 
Lutosławski Concerto for Orchestra 
Janáček Glagolitic Mass 

Edward Gardner conductor*
Sara Jakubiak soprano
Madeleine Shaw mezzo-soprano
Stuart Skelton tenor
James Creswell bass
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra

‘Always the scent of the moist forest – that was the incense’, declared Leos Janáček. ‘I felt a cathedral grow before me in the vast expanse of the hills and the vault of the sky’. For him, the whole of creation was a cause for celebration, and with its jubilant trumpets, thundering organ and raw, unbuttoned lust for life, there’s something elemental about his Glagolitic Mass – a choral work like no other. Edward Gardner prepares the way with two masterpieces wrought from ice and fire: Sibelius’s brooding Finnish legend, and the glittering musical firework display with which Lutosławski lit up the skies of post-war Poland.

The concert is supported in part by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute through Polska Music Programme and their partnership with LOT Polish Airlines

* position supported by Mrs Christina Lang Assael

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Please note that due to the challenges presented to us by the ongoing COVID-19 situation, this evening's pre-concert event with the LPO Junior Artists has been cancelled. We hope to be able to reschedule this in due course.