Closing Night - Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 15 May 2014, 7.30pm
Grand Hall, City Halls Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
part of the BBC SSO 2013/14 Season series
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 (c.35')
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony (c.65')
Steven Osborne piano
Elizabeth Watts soprano
Mark Stone baritone
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Andrew Manze conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
A ringing fanfare, a shout of acclamation, and a mighty swell of sound: A Sea Symphony took the traditions of British oratorio and opened the floodgates to a spring tide of inspiration. This isn't just an epic choral seascape; for Vaughan Williams, Walt Whitman's poetry offered limitless imaginative vistas. Andrew Manze's BBC SSO Vaughan Williams cycle has been described as "a huge affirmation of Vaughan Williams' symphonic achievement"; now, in the company of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and two compelling young British singers, what more stirring way to end both the cycle and our season than at the beginning? And don't forget Steven Osborne's Beethoven piano concerto cycle which continues with the bold and brilliant First.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room (free to ticket-holders, limited seating availability)
Associate Guest Conductor Andrew Manze reflects on the BBC SSO's complete Vaughan Williams symphony cycle.
There will be no coda after this concert.
The concert will be recorded for future broadcast, or broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
How to get there
- The nearest subway station is St Enoch, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues.
- Many local service buses pass close by City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, either along Trongate or Glassford Street. Most are operated by First Bus.
- Queen Street and Central Stations are a ten-minute walk from the venues. For information on rail travel within the UK, National Rail is the official source for all rail information, train times and timetables.
- On the M8 motorway, take junction 15, turn left onto Castle Street following signs for the Royal Infirmary/East Kilbride/A730. Castle Street becomes High Street and at the fourth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Ingram Street. Candleriggs is the second street on the left. The nearest car parks is the Q-Park on Albion Street which offers parking deals for our customers – call the box office on 0141 353 8000 for more details.
- The Grand Hall at City Halls is accessible to those with mobility difficulties. A lift from the Candleriggs entrance gives access to all levels. Our Concert Halls are fitted with infra-red assisted hearing systems which are specially designed for use in large auditoria. Please notify the Box Office when booking.