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Hilary Hahn: The Lark Ascending

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Sunday 07 November 202119:30
Elim ChanConductor
Hilary HahnViolin
Philharmonia Orchestra

Hilary Hahn’s fantastic playing, and her barrier-busting approach to classical music, have won her a global community of fans.

Tonight she joins forces with captivating conductor Elim Chan in two contrasting pieces written at the time of the First World War. In Vaughan Williams’s beloved The Lark Ascending the violin soars joyfully above a lush orchestral evocation of the English countryside. Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto too is full of lyricism, and virtuosity too, but with a darker edge.

Different birds, in a very different landscape, feature in Gabriella Smith’s depiction of a moment on the Pacific coast of the US, ‘watching a pair of ravens playing in the wind, rolling, swooping, diving, soaring.’ And the pastoral mood of the first half of the concert returns in Brahms’s rich and radiant Symphony No. 2. 

Price: £65, £48, £38, £29, £20, £13

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