The Birmingham Festival Orchestra gave its inaugural concert in August 2011 at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham. Since then, it has gone on to give a series of highly acclaimed performances, securing a reputation as one of the leading non-professional orchestras in the UK.
Saturday 30th August 2014
Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire
6.30pm (note early start time)
Birmingham Festival Orchestra
Jamie Phillips conductor
Ulrich Heinen cello
Lutosławski Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Mahler Symphony No. 6
The BFO returns to the Adrian Boult Hall for a performance of what is surely one of the greatest masterpieces of all time: Mahler’s mighty Sixth Symphony. The composer himself wrote in a letter that “my Sixth seems to be yet another hard nut, one that our critics' feeble little teeth cannot crack.” And he was right - from the glorious melodies and impassioned writing which dominate the music, through to the three hammer-blows of fate which punctuate the work’s exciting final movement, this incredible autobiographical music has puzzled listeners for generations. The symphony is perfect for the youthful and talented musicians of the BFO, conducted by the Hallé Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor, Jamie Phillips.
Ulrich Heinen, former principal cellist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, joins the BFO for a performance of Lutosławski’s vibrant and colourful cello concerto. A work of great inventiveness, expect to hear an exciting performance of this rarely-heard but unique concerto. The orchestra is delighted to welcome Ulrich to perform this work, especially as he played it for the composer himself!