Photo: Nadja Sjöström
Members from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: Mats Lundqvist
Philharmonic Vicki Powell is the viola soloist and Andrew Manze leads the orchestra.
Thursday 22 February 2024 18.00Ends approximately 20.00
Ralph Vaughan Williams is one of England’s best-known and most significant composers. His atmospheric music contains everything from passionate drama to explosive charges and a reflective sense of calm. Performing the solo in his Suite for Viola and Orchestra is American Vicki Powell, who has been section leader and a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 2018.
At first we hear Ambarvalia by British twentieth-century composer Ruth Gipps. This is warm, elegant music for a small orchestra, in which we sense inspiration from her fellow countryman, Edward Elgar. The Guardian has described her music as characterful, playful and unashamedly romantic, which is evident in Cringlemire Garden.
This all-British programme concludes with William Walton’s adventurous, beautiful and passionate second symphony.
The musicApproximate times
Ruth Gipps Ambarvalia – A Dance6 min
Ralph Vaughan Williams Suite for viola and orchestra26 min
Edward Elgar Salut d’amour arr Nicholas Shardlow4 min
Ruth Gipps Cringlemire Garden – An Impression for string orchestra5 min
William Walton Symphony No. 228 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Andrew Manze conductor
- Vicki Powell viola