With a regal flair, trumpets and drums announce the arrival of Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito. Although written in the final year of his life, in ill health and under immense time pressure, Mozart triumphs with an overture fit for an Emperor.
Bartok’s Divertimento is music which delights in contrast. Through a series of games between soloists and the full ensemble, a dialogue beginning bounces back and forth in a rally of musical invention. However, a dark shadow hangs over the piece as a divided Europe begins to seep into Bartok’s composition; with this his final work before fleeing Hungary on the eve of it joining the Axis alliance.
“I’M GOING TO SCOTLAND”, the enthusiastic Felix Mendelssohn inscribed in capital letters to his friend in London. And when he got there the young composer made note of what he saw not in words, but with music – his notes tracing the majestic Scottish Highlands.
In partnership with Nonclassical, this year we perform world premieres from their four Associate Composers, providing a platform for the emerging voices of new music.
Tickets go on general sale early March 2020.
This concert will be one hour and 30 minutes long (including an interval).