November 25, 2018

On Tuesday November 27th Alexander and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra give the first concert in their latest series at Cadogan Hall. Entitled ‘Seeking New Horizons’ the three concert series, curated by Alexander Shelley, focuses on repertoire by composers who either chose or were compelled to leave their home countries and explores how their journeys effected their music and their lives. 

The first concert ‘Seeking New Horizons I: War and Conflict’, on November 28th, features three Hungarian greats: Kodály’s colourful and evocative Dances of Galanta, Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto, and Bártok’s virtuosic late work Concerto for Orchestra. Alexander and the RPO will be joined for the Liszt by BBC Young Generation Artist and Liszt Piano Competition winner Mariam Batsashvili.

On Thursday and Friday of this week Shelley and the RPO perform a slightly altered programme (exchanging Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s beloved 4th Symphony) at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate (Nov 29th, 7.30pm) and at Cambridge Corn Exchange (Nov 30th, 7.30pm). 

Further concerts in the ‘Seeking New Horizons’ are:

‘Seeking New Horizons II: New Discoveries’ February 28th 2019, Cadogan Hall: 

  • Stravinsky’s Suites for Small Orchestra Nos. 1 and 2
  • Korngold’s Violin Concerto (Jennifer Pike, Violin)
  • Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’

‘Seeking New Horizons III: Political Protest’ April 25th 2019, Cadogan Hall

  • Wagner’s Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser
  • Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’
  • De Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat