Thirteen is definitely a lucky number in tonight's concert, which begins with Nightscape (The Horniman Serenade) for thirteen musicians, conducted by its composer, Eleanor Alberga. This is followed by Mozart's Serenade for Winds No 10 in B flat, the 'Gran Partita'.
Opening with works by Jean Féry Rebel and Saint-Saens, this concert explores the theme of 'regeneration'. Samantha Fernando's work Lost Things is inspired by complex emotions within relationships, before closing the concert with with Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring; the balletic portrayal of a spring celebration of the American pioneers of the 19th century, after building a new Pennsylvania farmhouse.
The third concert in our re:connect series explores the themes of isolation and friendship. Featuring works by Britten and Prokofiev written specifically for friends of the composers, the performance will also showcase two new works by Welsh composer Huw Watkins. How is taken from new music project Eight Songs From Isolation, written during lockdown by eight contemporary composers, whilst his setting of three Welsh folk songs was written to celebrate the 60th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales.
Drawing on a remarkable archive of family letters and diaries, Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a senior Nazi and fugitive, SS Brigadeführer Otto Freiherr von Wächter. Following the war, he spent three years as a fugitive, before attempting to flee to Argentina on the ‘ratline’. He died unexpectedly, in July 1949, a few days after spending a weekend with an ‘old comrade’. What happened to Otto Wächter, and how did he die?
The programme opens with solos for cello, clarinet and horn by Bach, Messiaen and MacMillan, before the orchestra comes together to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 4 and Copland’s Quiet City, culminating in Mozart’s exhilarating Symphony No 29. The concert will be streamed online from 7.30pm on Thursday 1 October and will be available for 30 days from the initial broadcast.