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Holst: The Planets

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Thursday 9 November 2017 at 19:30

Vaughan Williams’ Seventh Symphony began life as the score to the 1948 film, Scott of the Antarctic, which charted Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole from 1910 to 1913. Scored for a huge orchestra, the symphony conjures the mysterious, snow-covered plains of Antarctica, including a part for wind machine, used in the symphony’s closing bars to evoke a final image of an icy wind sweeping across an abandoned landscape.

From the ends of the earth to the outer reaches of the universe, Holst took inspiration for his planetary masterpiece from the astrological rather than the astronomical; journeying through Mars, the apocalyptic ‘Bringer of War’; a tranquil Venus; Mercury’s winged messenger; Jupiter, the stately ‘Bringer of Jollity’; Saturn’s old age, Uranus ‘The Magician’ and finally, a dreamy Neptune, ‘The Mystic’.

General booking opens 8 February 2017 9:30 am

John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
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