Allison Bell soprano
James Way tenor
Marcus Farnsworth baritone
Gergely Madaras conductor
PART OF BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2017-18 Season BBC Singers 2017-18 Season
The role of those who care for the injured provides the theme: Ralph Vaughan Williams, like Maurice Ravel, was too old to serve in the First World War but he volunteered as a stretcher bearer while the Frenchman drove munitions lorries behind the lines. His Le tombeau de Couperin remembers friends killed in the First World War.
John Adams's The Wound Dresser sets words by Walt Whitman who tended the wounded in battle. Ross Harris's Face, a work for soloists, chorus and orchestra with projections, receives its UK premiere and celebrates the work of fellow New Zealander, the plastic surgeon Harold Gillies who pioneered facial reconstruction and contributed to the rehabilitation of thousands of servicemen.
Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
John Adams The Wound-Dresser
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ross Harris Face
The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930, and is passionately committed to performing 20th-century and contemporary music. The orchestra provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, and performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, all of which are broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Highlights in its 2014-15 Season include a complete Nielsen Symphony cycle under the baton of Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, operas by Dalibor and Bartok, and three Total Immersion days.www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/symphonyorchestra/
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Date: 2 May Time: 18:15