Friday 13th April 2018, Barbican Hall, London.
On Friday 13th April 2018 (yes I had to choose that date!) at the Barbican Hall, London, I shall give my final concert as Principal Harpist BBCSO. After 28 years of the most brilliant, hectic orchestral life, it will be emotional to step down and move on. This is not the place to summarize the opportunities I’ve had with the orchestra, nor the friendships made; that will come when I have more time for recollections and writings.
However, this year I played my last concert under Sakari Oramo the present Chief Conductor of the orchestra, with a programme of Sibelius and Merikanto, and what better repertoire to be guided in by Sakari- it was sublime. I then recorded, for Radio 3, the short but beautiful duo in Die Schwanendreher by Hindemith, with Douglas Boyd at the helm, and an amazing young viola player Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, and I wondered why the work was not performed more often-it’s most alluring.
It will be a privilege to play in a final concert with the orchestra under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, since Sir Andrew was the Chief Conductor of the orchestra in 1990 when I became a member. The programme will include music by Elgar, Yiu and Elkington; sharing the platform that evening is also the wonderful BBC Symphony Chorus, and a brilliant line-up of soloists. Soprano, Emma Tring; Tenor, Andrew Staples and Baritone, Roderick Williams.
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