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Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Elgar

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Saturday 5 October 2019 at 19:30

Jean Sibelius found a vast stillness in the endless forests of his native Finland, while an ocean voyage prompted visions of classical myth and elemental power. Susanna Mälkki begins this concert with Sibelius’s warmest tonepoem and ends it with his gentlest symphony: in between come two very different visions of nature from two British masters. Fresh sea air blows through every bar of Britten’s youthful Frank Bridge Variations. And Edward Elgar retreated to rural Sussex to write his Cello Concerto, a work whose haunted poetry – as Sheku Kanneh-Mason (2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year) will demonstrate – takes on a fresh meaning for each generation.

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