Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: Debussy, Boulanger and Ravel
30 September, Milton Court Concert Hall
In their first concert of the year, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and Chorus invite audiences to experience work at its most evocative. The programme explores the familiar magic of Debussy’s l’après-midi d’un faune, the daring drama of Boulanger’s Psalm 130, Du fond de l’abîme and Ravel’s masterful love story Daphnis et Chloé. The ensembles will be under the baton of conductor Lionel Bringuier, and joined by mezzo-soprano Alexandra Pouta and tenor Steven van der Linden.
Looking West: Vaughan Williams’ 150th Birthday
12 October, Milton Court Concert Hall
A concert-theatre work created by Head of Composition at Guildhall School, Professor Julian Philips, and librettist Rebecca Hurst, commissioned by the Nova Music Trust and Presteigne Festival to mark the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birth. The piece will receive its London premiere on the date of Vaughan Williams’ birthday. Featuring Guildhall musicians alongside soprano Rebecca Bottone, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones and actors Alex Knox and Maddie Purefoy, under the baton of conductor George Vass and the direction of Sally Ripley.
Guildhall Symphony Orchestra Play Messiaen
23 November, Milton Court Concert Hall
The only symphony written by Olivier Messiaen, Turangalîla-Symphonie, is often described as a tribute to life, love and death. This performance will feature Ondes Martenot played by Cynthia Millar, and William Bracken on solo piano. Guildhall Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Nicholas Collon. In addition to this concert, there will be a number of free events on 23 November celebrating Messiaen, including a research event and performance of Harawi.