Nottingham Classics - Northern SinfoniaShow dates: Mon 1st January Running time: 115 minutes
John Wilson conductor
Cordelia Williams piano
As one of the central musical figures in the first half of the 20th century, Ravel exerted a powerful influence; even Hucknall-born Eric Coates quotes Ravel's La Valse in his exquisite Dancing Nights. But Ravel's Piano Concerto in G - played here by the brilliant young pianist Cordelia Williams - has echoes of Gershwin in its intoxicating harmonies and darting rhythms.
Vaughan Williams studied with Ravel between 1907 and 1908 and his superb orchestration owes a debt to the French master. His 5th symphony offers a sublime vision of peace against the clouds of the Second World War. John Wilson, a world-leading conductor of British music with impressive jazz credentials, is the ideal maestro in this richly textured programme.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium:
John Wilson in conversation
Nottingham Classics - AFTER:Hours
Northern Sinfonia wind players
Higgins After Fallout
20 minutes after the main performance. Free admission to ticket holders for the main Northern Sinfonia concert at 7.30pm on 12 October. £3 for non-ticket holders.
This late night concert includes the world première of Dobrinka Tabakova's lyrical Metamorphoses and the UK première of Gavin Higgins' After Fallout. Completing the programme is Brian Ferneyhough's epic masterpiece Prometheus. The concert will be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3 as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Encore Scheme.