Stravinsky Song of the Nightingale (21’)
Philip Grange Violin Concerto (25’) (BBC commission: world premiere)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.1, ‘Winter Daydreams’ (42’)
Premiered here by Carolin Widmann, Philip Grange’s Violin Concerto takes flight into the world around us inspired by massed forces from nature: bees, starlings, locusts and bats. Stravinsky’s nightingale soars away to the court of a Chinese emperor, before Tchaikovsky’s beguiling First Symphony heralds the arrival of the Manchester winter.
Journey Through Music: (Free pre-concert event) 6.15pm, Barbirolli Room.
Composer Philip Grange chats to BBC Philharmonic violinist Julian Gregory about his Violin Concerto which receives its world premiere in the evening’s concert.
Find out how swarms of bees, clouds of bats and murmurations of starlings provided Philip with ideas for the sounds in his music.
Ask the composer a question about the music, his music writing process or the performance and listen to demonstrations and explanations of this BBC commission. After the workshop, stay to hear international soloist, Carolin Widmann perform the world premiere of Philip Grange’s Violin Concerto, alongside other works by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, inspired by the natural world.
These pre-concert events are a great opportunity for the entire family to get to know the music. They include demonstrations from BBC Philharmonic players and programme notes written specially for younger audiences. Please aim to arrive by 6pm. This event is free but places are available on a first-come-first-served basis. More Info
Travel & Dining
Purchase discounted parking (evening concerts only) and reduced price Metrolink tram tickets along with your concert tickets.