What: ESO Digital – 21st Century Symphony: Adrian Williams

When: Friday 25th March at 7.30pm

Where: Online

Information: https://eso.co.uk/adrianwilliamssymphony

ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION OF 21st CENTURY MUSIC

This season the ESO presents a series of virtual concerts to be broadcast via the ESO’s online streaming service, ESO Digital, so even those further afield can enjoy the music of the ESO from the comfort of their home. Here’s a quick reminder of what’s coming up this month…

ESO Digital Concerts

Friday 25th March at 7.30pm (available to watch for free until Tuesday 29th March)

21st Century Symphony: Adrian Williams

Event Linkhttps://www.eso.co.uk/adrianwilliamssymphony

Programme

Adrian Williams  Symphony No.1

Adrian Williams’ First Symphony was a lifetime in the making and this work is the culmination of his tenure as the ESO’s John McCabe Composer-in-Association. Recorded back in December 2021, at Wyastone Recording Studio, the ESO were honoured to perform the world premiere of this work and to include it in their acclaimed 21st Century Symphony project and it will be released on CD later this year.

Adrian Williams on Symphony No.1: “It’s been more than half a century since my first juvenile attempt at a symphony. In 2018 Kenneth Woods gave me the chance to begin writing symphonies through an invitation to compose a work for his 21st Century Symphony series. Much of this substantial work was conceived on long walks on Hergest Ridge and elsewhere in the Welsh borders. The slow movement owes much to the distressing media coverage of the forest fires in Australia. Much of the four-movement work is anguished and intense but its final affirmatory bars leave any anguish far behind.”