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‘Myths and Fairytales’ in London

May 7, 2018

On May 9th the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Myths and Fairytales’ series at London’s Cadogan Hall concludes with music by Dukas, Chopin and Mussorgsky. The series – curated, conducted and presented by Alexander Shelley – has featured musical masterpieces inspired by great stories, including Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Khachaturian’s Spartacus and Sibelius’s Night Ride and Sunrise, as well as a variety of great young soloists.

Wednesday’s concert presents two of the greatest and most celebrated symphonic stories: Dukas’ ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ and Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’. The young Australian virtuoso Jason Gillham will be at the piano in Chopin’s 2nd Concerto.

Every season Alexander curates a series with the Royal Philharmonic at Cadogan Hall, looking to delve into interesting and evocative areas of repertoire. Past series have included ‘From Paris to New York’, an exploration of the influence that the music and culture of those two great cities had on one another during the 1920s and 1930s, as well as ‘Symphonic Soundscapes’, a juxtaposition of Symphonic and Concerto works by Jean Sibelius and Serge Prokofiev during the centenary of Russia’s October Revolution.

As part of the concept of the series, Alexander presents the works from the stage, offering insights into the music and tips for what to listen out for. For those interested in something new, the orchestra also offers ‘encue’, a system tailored to deliver realtime programme notes to your mobile device as you are listening.

Find out more about the concert here.