Sunday 17 March 2013

Whitgift premiere

At the Whitgift School in Croydon on March 26, members of the Whitgift Chamber Orchestra will be playing alongside members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert which includes Mahler's Fourth Symphony and the world premiere of Tarik O'Regan's Fragments from a Heart of Darkness. This is the fourth occasion on which members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have joined the Whitgift Chamber Orchestra, giving the pupils a chance to work with professional musicians.

Tarik O'Regan's opera, Heart of Darkness was premiered at the Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden in 2011 (see my review on this blog and Fragments from a Heart of Darkness is O'Regan's suite taken from the opera. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will also be giving the London premiere of O'Regan's Suite from the Heart of Darkness on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at London's Cadogan Hall.

The Whitgift School was founded in 1596 by John Whitgift, Elizabeth I's last Archbishop of Canterbury, and opened in 1600, making it Croydon's oldest school. For further information about the Whitgift School concert see the school's website.

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