7 May 2022 BBC Philharmonic at The Bridgewater Hall

BBC Philharmonic | 7 May

Ben Gernon conductor

Saturday 07 May 2022 7.30pm

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​Event Timings
Auditorium Doors: 7.00pm
Concert Start: 7.30pm
Interval: 8.15pm
Second half: 8:40pm
Approximate finish: 9:20pm
Timings will be updated closer to the concert date. Please check the website on the afternoon of the performance for up-to-date information. All timings are approximate and are subject to change.​

BBC Philharmonic | 7 May

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Ben Gernon  – conductor
Georgie Malcolm – soprano
Clara Mouriz – mezzo soprano
Joshua Ellicott – tenor
Thomas Ashdown – baritone
Chetham’s Chamber Choir

Haydn Mass in B flat major, ‘Harmoniemesse’
Bach, orch. Webern Ricercar a 6 from ‘Musical Offering’
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 ‘Jupiter’

Tonight’s advertised conductor, Omer Meir Wellber, has had to pull out due to illness. We are grateful to Ben Gernon for taking his place.

Ben Gernon directs a suitably expansive team of musicians and singers in a roof-raising performance tonight.

We open with Harmoniemesse, Haydn’s last important work which he wrote and completed in the year he turned 70. Yet this is no valediction, no quiet farewell – it’s a work of magnificent ambition and grandeur, ending not with a solemn wave goodbye but an infectious sense of positivity and joy.

There’s also more than a touch of the epic about Mozart’s last Symphony, ‘Jupiter,’ which concludes tonight’s performance. Completed in 1788, three years before his death, the young composer was unaware how significant his posthumous influence would be, especially on the likes of Haydn.

In between, we’ll enjoy Webern’s exquisitely jewelled take on the six-part Ricercar from Bach’s Musical Offering.

Digital Programme Notes and Phone Use
2022 BBC Philharmonic concerts in the 2021/22 season open up the opportunity for all Bridgewater Hall audiences to access free  programme notes via smartphones. You can choose to access information  about the performance in two ways:
– Programme Notes: Programme notes similar to a traditional printed programme, with summary information about the music and the composers
– BBC Notes: Detailed programme notes, timed with the music, giving you insights into what you are hearing and seeing on stage  as it happens
Use the QR code printed on your ticket to access either. Both options are completely free with your concert ticket but please be aware that mobile phone use is unrestricted and applies to all seating areas within the Bridgewater Hall.​

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