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Wednesday 21 February 2018
RCM musicians take part in LPO Stravinsky series
This season the Royal College of Music joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate the work of Igor Stravinsky. Best known for groundbreaking ballet The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky is often considered one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
On Friday 23 February, RCM musicians perform Stravinsky’s Les noces alongside members of the LPO and its Foyle Future Firsts programme. Led by Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko, the pre-concert performance takes place at 6.15pm in one of Britain’s greatest music venues, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
Jessica Edom, a second year undergraduate student and one of the singers in the RCM’s Chamber Ensemble, said of the upcoming performance: ‘Working on Les noces has been such an exciting and interesting project for me. Singing at the Royal Festival Hall with the LPO is such a great opportunity for all of us and I have really enjoyed my time working towards it.’
A further Stravinsky performance takes place on Tuesday 27 February, comprising four of the composer’s seminal works. The RCM Symphony Orchestra shares the stage with students from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, which counts composer Nikolai Medtner and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich as alumni. Students from the Conservatory feature in two of Stravinsky’s more nostalgic pieces, Mavra and Renard, in a programme that also includes Symphonies for Winds.