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Vasily Petrenko conducts Walton’s Symphony No.1

Wednesday 23 March 2022, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall

BRITTEN The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No.1
WALTON Symphony No.1

Vasily Petrenko Conductor
Pablo Ferrández Cello

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Tickets on sale Autumn 2021

Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra has introduced listeners of all ages and abilities to the different sections of the orchestra for almost 80 years. This ingenious composition provides the perfect platform to showcase the talents of the RPO’s musicians.

Although English composer William Walton was just 33 when he wrote the first of his two symphonies, it was instantly recognised as a masterpiece. Composed during the tumultuous 1930s, it remains timeless in its appeal, reminding us of the hope that great music can provide.

Dynamic young cellist, Pablo Ferrández, joins the Orchestra to perform what is considered one of the most challenging works for the instrument: Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 – noted for its dual influences from both the Neoclassical and post-Romantic eras.

‘Pop-idol magnetism, superb technique and exhilarating musicality reveal a sure star in the making.’ Los Angeles Times on Pablo Ferrández


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Tickets on sale Autumn 2021. 
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