Forget what you thought you knew about orchestral concerts; this new and innovative series request that you DO turn on your mobile phones and tablets.
The BBC Philharmonic, in partnership with the University of Salford, will be exploring new and rarely performed pieces – bringing audience immersion and new technology to the forefront.
The Red Brick Sessions return to the University of Salford with conductor Anna-Maria Helsing, who has gained outstanding reputation with leading Scandinavian orchestras and opera houses.
Opening our evening is Respighi’s suite The Birds - transcribing birdsong into musical notation and mimicking fluttering wings and scratching feet. Sibelius’s plaintive Scene with cranes continues our theme and turns the spotlight on two young Scandinavian composers: Andrea Tarrodi, whose Birds of Paradise was inspired by watching the BBC’s Planet Earth films, and one of Minna Leinonen’s most recent pieces, Raven, which explores the dual cultured identities of this dark angel of death and its bringing of brightness and enlightenment.
To end, we hear Cantus Arcticus from Rautavaara. Subtitled Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, this piece incorporates recordings of birdsong from the Arctic Circle and the bogs of Finland.
At the interval, join host Elizabeth Alker (BBC Radio 6 Music and Radio 3) for an interval discussion.
- The Red Brick Sessions: Respighi, Tarrodi, Sibelius, Leinonen & Rautavaara3 May 2018 Peel Hall, University of Salford
- The Arsonists: A Tragi-Comic Opera about Love and Economics18 Nov 2017 New Adelphi Theatre, University of Salford
- The Red Brick Sessions: Spotlight on Strings5 Oct 2017 Peel Hall - University of Salford
- The Red Brick Sessions: Ravel, Adès, Strauss & Rebel27 Apr 2017 Peel Hall - University of Salford