Monday 25 August 2014

Singapore Symphony Orchestra at the Proms

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
This year's BBC Proms is including quite a number of orchestra's from around the world which have not appeared at the Proms before. Amongst these is the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Directed by Lan Shui since 1997, the orchestra earned plaudits when they made their debut at the Royal Festival Hall in 2010. For their Proms debut, Lan Shui and the orchestra are combining two Russian masterworks, Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla and Rachmaninov's Second Symphony with the European premiere of a new piano concerto by Zhou Long with Andreas Haefliger as the soloist. The same forces gave the work's premiere on 4 July in Singapore.

Zhou Long is an American-based Chinese composer who was, in fact, at the Beijing Convervatoire at the same time as Lan Shui and during the last decade the orchestra has performed a number of Zhou Long's work. Zhou Long and Andreas Haefliger have been talking about a Zhou Long writing piano concerto for the pianist since 2010 and the project was re-vitalised by the decision of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to commission a work from Zhou Long to celebrate the orchestra's Proms debut. Zhou Long's work first featured in the Proms in 2004.

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