with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Monday 07 May 2012, 7.30pm
Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
Alistair McGowan presenter
BBC Concert Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth conductor
Coates The Three Elizabeths Suite
Copland Lincoln Portrait
Elgar Enigma Variations
Join the BBC Concert Orchestra for an evening of musical portraits. The Three Elizabeths Suite written by Coates in the early 1940s celebrates Elizabeth Tudor, Elizabeth Glamis (The Queen Mother) and Queen Elizabeth. It was played at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and used as the theme to the popular 1967 BBC TV series The Forsyte Saga. The ultimate Americana is Copland’s homage to a President with his Lincoln Portrait. Incorporating excerpts from Lincoln’s speeches the piece has been performed on many significant occasions with legendary voices: Barack Obama, Katherine Hepburn and Margaret Thatcher to name a few. Enigma Variations is probably Elgar's best-known work. The affectionate musical sketches of his 'friends pictured within' placed him firmly on the British musical map.
On Monday 7 May, BBC Radio 3 celebrates the art of the musical portrait. Tonight's concert at Birmingham Town Hall, broadcast live on Radio 3, is the culmination of that day, with some of the best-known musical portraits.
How to get there
- Birmingham New Street and Snow Hill stations are within easy walking distance of Town Hall. Moor Street and Five Ways are slightly further away but still within walking distance.
- Follow signs to Birmingham City Centre then follow the brown tourist signs to the Convention Centre and NIA.
- Town Hall is accessible to wheelchair users and there are various positions where wheelchair users can be seated. Please discuss your needs with the Box Office staff when booking your tickets. There are accessible toilets on all levels. Guide dogs are welcome. You can either keep them with you in the auditorium during the concert or we will be happy to look after your dog for you in the foyer while you enjoy the performance. Please ask a member of staff if you need help to get to your seat. The auditorium is equipped with a hearing loop system. You will need to switch your hearing aid to the T position.