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Audio-streamed Lunchtime Organ and Lunchtime Chamber concerts are now able to begin again. View upcoming concerts or view previous concerts online.

Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Iceland Symphony Orchestra

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Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier – conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet – piano

Bizet - L'Arlésienne Suites, selections: Pastorale (Suite 2), Carillon (Suite 1), Minuet (Suite 1),
Adagietto (Suite 1), Farandole (Suite 2) 
Ravel – Concerto for the Left Hand Listen
Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Aeriality Listen
Prokofiev – Selections: Romeo and Juliet Listen
                   Montagues and Capulets
                   The Young Juliet
                   Balcony Scene
                   Dance of the Five Couples
                   Death of Tybalt
                   Romeo at Juliet´s grave
                   Death of Juliet

 Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Brian Newbould.

Read our interview with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in which he told us about his career highlights, and how he feels to be returning to a city that was so essential to his early career.

Bizet’s L’Arlessienne (the lady from Arle) suites were originally incidental music to a play about one man’s struggle with his desire for two women.

Ravel composed his Concerto for the Left Hand for pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who’d lost his right arm in WWI. The result is a dark work mixed with jazzy rhythms, arguably one of the most challenging piano works ever written.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality lies somewhere between symphonic music and sound art. Individual parts slowly cascade together, joining to form a mass of sound, and then separate once more, suspended in space and time.

Prokofiev’s ballet score for Romeo and Juliet is one of his greatest works, the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers masterfully told through the orchestra. The battle of the Montagues and Capulets has accompanied many tense on screen moments, notably in the BBC TV series The Apprentice.




A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44, E £19.08, O £14.84
Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off
(prices include 6% booking fee) 

Tickets & Times

  • It was clear from the start that Prokofiev had a special gift for ballet music which placed him in the big league alongside Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Stravinsky, but it was a gift directed towards satire and social comment rather than romance.
    Frank Granville Barker