Friday 12 July 2013

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra's 2013/14 season

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra's 2013/14 season at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall includes two world premieres, by Emily Howard and Gary Carpenter, along with an impressive series of concerts based on Richard Strauss's song, plus a series celebrating Manchester's musical heritage.

Emily Howard's Axon (commissioned by Radio 3) is premiered on 1 November 2013 at a concert conducted by the BBC Philharmonic's chief conductor, Juanjo Mena. The concert is part of a series of concerts celebrating Manchester's musical heritage.

Along with music of rising stars like Emily Howard and Gary Carpenter (visiting professor at the Royal Northern College of Music), the orchestra is performing music associated with the city, ranging from Elgar's First Symphony (which was premiered in Manchester in 1908) to works by William Walton and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, both of whom have close links with the city.  The season open's with Anthony Burgess's A Manchester Overture.

Further contemporary music includes the return of the orchestra's resident composer/conductor HK Gruber, conducting the orchestra in four pieces, by Schwertsik, Payne, Glanert and David Matthews, which were originally commissioned to accompany Mahler symphonies in the 2010 Mahler in Manchester Festival,

Also in residence is pianist Stephen Hough (an alumnus of both the Royal Northern College of Music and of Cheetham's School of Music). Hough will be playing concertos by Brahms, Liszt and Schumann.

The 2013/14 season will be Juanjo Mena's third as Chief Conductor and he will be conducting eight concerts.

The orchestra is joining forces with the Halle and the Manchester Camerata to perform all of Richard Strauss's 41 orchestra songs in concert, in a festival called Strauss's Voice. There are nine concerts from 18 January to 8 March 2014 with songs performed by Soile Isokowski, Roderick Williams, inger Dam-Jensen, Susan Gritton and Hilevi Martinpelto. Juanjo Mena will conduct the joint forces of the BBC Philharmonic and the Halle in Strauss's Alpine Symphony and Festival Prelude on 23 January 2014.

Further information from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra's website.

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