- Peter Sculthorpe b.1929
- From Oceania
- Stephen Leek b.1959
- Wirindji and Uluru from Great Southern Spirits
- Errollyn Wallen b.1958
- Mighty River
- ElgarEdward Elgar 1857–1934
- Symphony No. 1 in A flat major Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op 55
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers join forces for a concert to celebrate music of the Commonwealth, concluding with Elgar’s Symphony No.1. Hear earthy, gripping soundscapes and thrilling percussion writing in Tasmanian-born Peter Sulthorpe’s From Oceania, a work which incorporates elements of Australian, Japanese and southeast Asian music. Errollyn Wallen’s orchestral work Mighty River commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery, a piece that makes reference to the hymn Amazing Grace and the spirituals Deep River and Go Down Moses. The BBC Singers perform two a cappella movements from Australian composer Stephen Leek’s Great Southern Spirits, which explores the Dreaming of the Australian Aboriginal people.
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Please note: Since tickets to BBC SO Studio Concerts are free, and not everyone uses their tickets, we have to give out more tickets than there are seats. As a result, entry is not guaranteed with a ticket. We therefore advise audience members to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of a season of Commonwealth programming. Visit bbc.co.uk/radio3 #R3Commonwealth