NB: There is a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm.
Rob Howard – Cortège
Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin
Butterworth – The Banks of Green Willow
Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
Beethoven – Symphony No.5 in C minor
Conductor: Jonathan Evans
Violin: Gabriella Jones
The LMO’s 2018/19 season begins with a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the commemorative overture, Cortège, composed by the orchestra’s principal bassoonist Rob Howard. Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin was written during the Great War in the style of a baroque suite. Each movement is dedicated to the memory of a friend who died on the battlefield, although it is not a sombre work but rather light-hearted and occasionally reflective. The short idyll The Banks of Green Willow was written just one year before the War by George Butterworth, who was killed in the Battle of the Somme and awarded a Military Cross; a quintessentially English piece based on two folk songs its serenity belies the horrors to come. The Lark Ascending, composed by Butterworth’s friend Vaughan Williams, is consistently at or near the top of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame. Composed as the war was beginning in 1914, the piece wasn’t premiered until 1920 and tonight LMO welcomes back the young violinist Gabriella Jones to play this beautiful work. Under the baton of conductor Jonathan Evans, directing LMO for the first time, the concert concludes with the ultimate work of despair to hope, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, possibly the most famous symphony of all.
Admission: £15, Senior Citizen £13.50, Student 17 and over £5. 16 and under FREE