BWH - RNCM - June 2019

RNCM Symphony Orchestra

Friday 28 June 2019 7.30pm

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Event Timings 

Main Entrance Doors: 5.00pm
Auditorium Doors: 7.00pm
Pre-Concert Performance: 7.15pm
Concert Start: 7.30pm
Interval: 8.00pm
Second Half: 8.20pm
Concert Finish: 9.20pm
Post Concert Performance: for 30 minutes after the performance

All timings are approximate and are subject to change.

RNCM Symphony Orchestra

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Elim Chan, Jack Sheen conductors | Luke Jones piano

Fenton Hutson New work | Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand | Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27

Pre-Concert 6.30pm
The Ollie West band will be playing cinematic, orchestral pop in the Stalls Foyer.

Post Concert Performance
RNCM Arkensemble will be playing in the Stalls Foyer after the concert. This wind ensemble of the future rounds off tonight’s celebrations.

The RNCM return to The Bridgewater Hall for a performance of Rachmaninov’s epic Second Symphony under the baton of Elim Chan who is widely admired for her unique combination of ‘drama and tenderness, power and delicacy.’

With its lush orchestration, Rachmaninov’s lyrical, brooding, romantic work is more closely related to the 19th than to the 20th century in which it was written. The composer was his own person, with his own distinctive soundworld, and was seen as out of step and unfashionable at the time as he resisted new trends. However, this magnificent work helped re-establish his self-confidence as a symphonist, after the disaster of the première of his First Symphony.

Ravel was also a maverick of his time. Written for the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during the First World War, his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand emerged as a powerful, original work with a darker feeling than his more popular concerto. Ingeniously, Ravel’s writing for the soloist rarely gives a clue that just one hand is involved.

As both composers wore their heart on their sleeve, this is inherently emotional music. And to add another very personal layer to this story, as this is the last time that all of these students will perform together before graduation and move onto the next phase of their professional lives, we’re anticipating that this will intensify the emotion even further. It is, indeed the end of an era…

Travel & Dining

Travel & Parking

Purchase discounted parking (evening concerts only) and reduced price Metrolink tram tickets along with your concert tickets.

Eating & Drinking

Make your concert experience extra special by upgrading to A-List in the Corporate Members’ Bar (selected concerts only) or booking pre-concert dining.


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