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‘To my friends pictured within’ – Elgar’s dedication to the fourteen friends and family members who inspired each variation of his most beloved work. The first performance by Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra in the School’s golden jubilee year, it’s a fitting work with which to mark fifty years of friendship and musical excellence.
Britten’s atmospheric Four Sea Interludes lead us from the emptiness of dawn to a raging storm. After their eloquent drama, 18-year-old violinist Molin Han performs Sibelius’ only concerto, a work known for its virtuosic demands and the beauty of its Nordic, melodic core.
Elgar’s Enigma Variations open with a palindromic, haunting theme which transforms across fourteen deeply personal sketches, forming both a celebration of friendship and a complete musical masterpiece. Now firmly embedded within the core orchestral repertoire, the Variations – and especially the ninth, Nimrod – have come to symbolise the courage, honour and even chivalry of Edwardian England and its role on the world.
Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra will also perform this programme on Friday 15 February, 7.30pm, at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
20% discount for audiences aged 65+, students and under 19s
30% discount with your ticket to Inside the Orchestra on Monday 11 February.
Book both events in a single transaction for the discount to automatically apply.
Part of Chetham’s at 50