Sunday 26th June 2016
Sir Simon Rattle’s LSO Discovery concert includes a brand new children’s opera, The Hogboon, by Peter Maxwell Davies and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, performed by young people alongside the London Symphony Orchestra. Matthew doubled first horn in this side-by-side performance.
Story-telling is at the heart of this concert. Berlioz uses a gargantuan orchestra to depict his ‘Fantastical Symphony’ portraying a swirling ball, a cackling March to the Scaffold and dreams good and bad. Maxwell Davies bases his new opera on a local monster myth from his home in Orkney.
Rattle believes that classical music is for everyone, and has long been a leading advocate for living composers, and for music education and outreach to new audiences. He has specially devised this concert to incorporate the LSO Discovery children’s choirs, London Symphony Chorus, and students from Guildhall School, alongside members of the London Symphony Orchestra.