BBC Symphony starts new series

Music lovers will be flocking to luxury London hotels ahead the launch of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Sibelius symphonies on October 28th at the Barbican Centre.

Notable highlight include the Sakari Oramo conducted performance, as well as those by Jukka Pekka Sarase, Kirill Karabits, Neeme Jarvi, John Storgards and Alexander Vedernikov.

October 29th starts off with Oramo’s version of Bax’s Tintagel and, with his wife soprano Anu Komsi, Sibelius’ Luonnotar as well as Saariacho’s Lenio Songs – a UK premiere.

“The first concert in the BBC Sibelius cycle is steeped in Finnish nature and mysticism,” commented the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

“The all-creating nature-spirit is hymned in Sibelius’s Luonnotar, and Kaija Saariaho’s recent song-cycle evokes Finland’s snowy nights and fleeting springtime.

“Arnold Bax’s evocation of Atlantic storminess may seem distant but there’s an emotional affinity; while Sibelius’s Third Symphony illuminates the Northern ambience with Italianate grace.”

Ticket prices range from £10 to £30, with a pre-concert talk taking place at 18:00 GMT before the main show at 19:30 GMT.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 80th birthday in its current season and provides the backbone of the Proms with a dozen concerts each year, including the fits and last nights.

Barbican’s Sibelius Symphony Cycle also features UK premiers in the forms of Lithuanian Balys Dvarionas’s Violin Concerto, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Searching For Roots and Einar Englund’s Ciacon.

Furthermore, the orchestra will be treating commuters at St Pancras International with a pop-up performance on November 2nd.

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