A London Marathon
Venue Details: Cheltenham Town Hall
- Elgar : Cockaigne
- Kendall : Shard
- Holst : Hammersmith
- Ireland : A London Overture
- Elgar : Cello Concerto
- Vaughan Williams : A London Symphony
- Conductor : Martyn Brabbins
- Soloist: Steven Isserlis
A banquet of London’s musical riches laid before you, all in one incredible concert. The word Cockaigne’s origins are all about gluttony and plenty, but Elgar’s portrait fluently evokes multiple characters of London, from cockney street-cries and church bells to Salvation Army bands.
Westminster chimes also feature in Vaughan Williams’ extended homage to the capital, premiered in the same venue (Queen’s Hall) as Cockaigne, the Ireland, and Elgar’s beloved Cello Concerto. The main theme of Ireland’s London Overture engagingly mimics a bus conductor’s call for Piccadilly Circus, while Holst’s Hammersmith combines the bustling of street markets with an altogether darker, superbly atmospheric portrait of the Thames.
Hannah Kendall’s new work, Shard, is inspired by London’s latest dramatic addition to its skyline.
Please note that this concert is scheduled to take 3 hours and there will be 2 intervals.