Elgar, Qigang Chen, Raymond Yiu and Haydn
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Friday 18 January 2013, 7.30pm
Elgar Overture 'Cockaigne (In London Town)'
Qigang Chen Reflet d’un temps disparu London premiere
Raymond Yiu The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured World premiere
Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D, 'London'
Long Yü conductor
Li-Wei Qin cello
Our capital city is the theme for this lively evening, beginning with Elgar’s scintillating Overture and ending with Haydn’s final glorious symphony, written during his last stay in London. Blazing with wit, craft and earthiness, it captures the essence of the composer. The city is conjured up again by Hong Kong-born Raymond Yiu, already acclaimed for his intricate blend of Western and Eastern sonorities. He describes The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured as a ‘symphonic game’ which takes its musical cues from Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture and the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’. To conduct this and Chinese-French composer Qigang Chen’s new work is one of China’s leading conductors, Long Yu, Artistic Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
BBC SO Plus Family
6.00pm, Fountain Room
An introduction to tonight's concert for families. A free family-friendly workshop followed by the concert in the Barbican Hall for just £5 a ticket (plus booking fee).
BBC SO Plus Family is specifically deisgned for family groups with children between the ages of 8 and 16 and at least one of your group must be aged 16 or under. These concerts are not recommended for children under the age of 8. Call the Barbican Box Office and quote ‘BBC SO Plus Family’ to buy your tickets, or book online and quote 040679 for a reduced booking fee. Please note that spaces are limited and tickets sell out quickly!
How to get there
- The nearest Underground station is Barbican, on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines.To reach the Barbican,exit the station and cross Aldersgate Street in front of you. Walk through the road tunnel (Beech Street) before taking the first turning right into Silk Street. The Barbican is straight ahead of you. Alternatively, exit the station using the stairs to the first floor, crossing the road using the footbridge before following the signs to the Barbican. Other Underground stations nearby are Moorgate, St Paul's, Bank, Liverpool Street and Mansion House.
- Bus Route 153 stops outside the Barbican in Silk Street. Starting from outside Liverpool Street Station, it runs daily to the Barbican, Angel and Finsbury Park. Other services running near the Barbican are as follows: 8, 11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76,78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 172, 214, 242, 243, 271, 344 (7 days a week); 4, (Mon-Sat); 21, 25, 521 (Mon-Fri).
- The nearest rail stations are Liverpool Street, Farringdon and Blackfriars. City Thameslink services serve Barbican, Moorgate and Cannon Street.
- The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has four car parks. Two are off Beech Street (westbound access only) and two are off Silk Street near the main entrance. Please allow plenty of time for your journey. All car parks have a height restriction of 6'1". If the Barbican car parks are full, alternative parking is available in Aldersgate Street.
- The Main entrance at Silk Street is ramped and lifts give access to all levels. All our venues have seating for wheelchair users - please inform us of any access requirements on booking. There are three wheelchairs for visitors' use, subject to availability; these can be pre-booked by calling the Box Office on 020 7638 8891.