Studio Concert: Stephen Hough and Roger Sessions
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus
Tuesday 26 February 2013, 7.30pm
BBC Maida Vale Studios, Delaware Road, London W9 2LG
part of the BBC SO Studio Concerts 2012-13 series
Stephen Hough Missa Mirabilis
Britten Holiday Diary, Op.5
Beach Gavotte Fantastique, Op. 54 No.2
Sessions The Black Maskers - suite
David Robertson conductor
Richard Uttley piano
BBC Symphony Chorus
David Robertson returns to conduct the BBC SO in American composer Roger Sessions’s theatrical orchestral suite The Black Maskers. Sessions depicts unknown sinister ‘maskers’ challenging the human spirit in a wild dance, influenced by Stravinsky. This 1928 suite evolved from the composer’s incidental music to Russian dramatist Leonid Andreyev’s 1908 play Black Masks. The BBC Symphony Chorus opens the concert with the BBC SO’s Artist in Focus Stephen Hough’s exploration of faith in Missa Mirabilis. Originally written for the Westminster Cathedral Choir, the composer expanded his mass setting to this orchestral arrangement, premiered by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in April 2012. Soloist Richard Uttley also treats us to some solo piano music by Benjamin Britten and American composer Amy Beach.
Please Note: tickets to BBC SO Studio Concerts are free, so not everyone uses their tickets. We therefore have to give out more tickets than there are seats. As a result, entry is not guaranteed with a ticket. We advise audience members to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
How to get there
- Warwick Avenue, Maida Vale (Bakerloo line)
- Unfortunately the BBC cannot offer general parking facilities.