Cadogan Hall Concert 28th November
Glazunov First Concert Waltz
Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante
Borodin Prince Igor – Polovtsian Dances
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Kian Soltani cello (RPO Artist in Residence 2019)
Alexander Shelley conductor
Inspired by his teachers Borodin and Glazunov, the opening concert of the 360° series features Shostakovich and the works that were instrumental in forming the radical Russian composer’s music, presented and conducted by RPO Principal Associate Conductor Alexander Shelley.
Whilst Borodin and Glazunov demonstrate the rich Russian traditions produced in the 19th century, it is perhaps with Shostakovich’s contemporary Prokofiev that comparisons are most readily drawn. Prokofiev enjoyed popularity in his day as a modern, adaptable voice that in works such as his Sinfonia Concertante, written for cello and orchestra, resonates with a unique versatility of tone, expression and technical challenge. Shostakovich’s legacy has taken a different course of a composer heavily affected by political demand. In navigating the harsh realities of the Second World War and appeasement of the Soviet regime came his Symphony No. 9, an abstract expression of hope for a nation ravaged by war.
Our seats are located near the middle of the large central stalls block and give a good view of the stage and enjoyment of the performance.
The cost of the trip is £36 per person, which is £26 for the seats (discounted 35% from the full price of £40) and £10 for the coach.
The coach will pick us up from Windsor End near The Greyhound pub around 4pm for our journey into London. We should arrive in good time allowing everyone the opportunity to have a pre-concert meal at one of the several local restaurants or cafes before returning to the Cadogan Hall. The performance starts at 7.30pm so I would suggest we aim to be in the foyer a little after 7pm. The coach will be near the theatre around 10pm for our drive back to Beaconsfield arriving 10.45 – 11pm.
Members may wish to book a restaurant in advance as this is a safer option than turning up on spec.
The sign up sheet will be at our meetings over the next month or so, and payment will be due by the end of August please?
If you have any questions, please see Alun Walters at a meeting or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.