Under the Skin of Brahms
Brahms struggled for ten years to complete his First Symphony – yet when you hear it, it’s like the passionate outpouring of a broken heart. Conductor Thomas Søndergård, presenter Ursula Heidecker Allen and the full RSNO go under its skin to uncover a story of tragedy, triumph and the power of art. With anecdotes, illustrations and live musical examples, it’s a fascinating way to get inside the world of a great symphony – and discover things you’ve never heard before.
Under 16s free, Under 26s and Mature Students £6 in advance / £8 on the day, Unemployed £6, Disabled patrons and their carers 50% off
Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW); prior to this, he was for three seasons Principal Conductor and Musical Advisor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
Plans for 2016:17 include debuts with Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony Orchestra and Deutsche Oper Berlin (world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II) and return visits to Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Royal Danish Opera (Il viaggio a Reims). With RSNO, projects include Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Janine Jansen and with BBC NOW, the complete Stravinsky Firebird, recordings and touring.
Recent seasons have included Leipzig Gewandhaus, DSO Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony; leading tours with Junge Deutsche Philiharmonie and European Union Youth Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic; Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony; Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Brussels and Luxembourg Philharmonics; Toronto, Atlanta, Vancouver, Houston and Seattle Symphony Orchestras; Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Symphony.