Friday 3 May 2019, 7.45pmThe Anvil, Basingstoke

Venue Box Office: 01256 844 244

Martyn Brabbins conductor

Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello

Fernando New work (title tbc)

Elgar Cello Concerto

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Brabbins There and Back

Elgar Enigma Variations

Come and celebrate with us, as we mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of The Anvil with the first visit from one of the brightest new stars of the music world. Elgar’s Cello Concerto vies with Dvorˇàk’s as the best ever written for the instrument, with the composer’s heartfelt lyricism to the fore. The drama of the opening movement is followed by a nimble scherzo, and a slow movement of elegiac beauty. The powerful finale is memorably interrupted by a haunting reminiscence of the slow movement before rushing to its close.

Elgar’s variations are fond musical descriptions of close friends, varying from the serious ‘Nimrod’ (his publisher) to the romantic and delicate C.A.E. (his wife), concluding with an energetic and confident self-portrait.