Tuesday 23 November 2021

RVW 150: The Halle and BBC Philharmonic collaborate in season performing all of the composer's symphonies plus his symphonic ballet, Job

Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams
Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams

Next year is the 150th anniversary of RVW's birth and to celebrate The Halle and BBC Philharmonic are once again collaborating to perform all of RVW's symphonies at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

The season opens in February 2022 with Mark Wigglesworth conducting the BBC Philharmonic in the Pastoral Symphony and Symphony No. 5, plus the orchestral version of On Wenlock Edge with tenor Alessandro Fisher. The BBC Philharmonic then returns with Sir Andrew Davis for Toward the Unknown Region (with the Halle Choir), Symphony No. 4 and Job, A Masque for Dancing. and John Wilson conducts the orchestra in Sinfonia Antartica and A London Symphony.

John Wilson conducts The Halle in Symphony No. 9 along with RVW's friend Holst's The Planets, whilst Sir Mark Elder conducts the orchestra in Symphony No. 6, A Sea Symphony with Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha and Roderick Williams, and Symphony No. 8 9which was dedicated to Elder's predecessor at The Halle, Sir John Barbirolli).

There is also a chance to hear RVW's Phantasy Quintet performed by string players from The Halle as part of the chamber music series at Halle St Peter's. Though not part of the official RVW 150 season, The Halle performs The Lark Ascending (with Kristine Balanas) and The Wasps Overture in a concert conducted by Ben Palmer.

Full details from the Bridgewater Hall's website.

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