Organ Gala Launch Concert

Tuesday 18 Mar 2014, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, London

Concert

Jessica Cottis conductor

Alison Balsom trumpet

Gigout, Grand Choeur Dialogue

Bach, Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV.582biography

Mendelssohn, Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dreambiography

Mendelssohn, Nocturne from A Midsummer Night's Dreambiography

Bach, Concerto in D for keyboard, BWV.972biography

Maxwell Davies, A Wall of Music

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Tavener, Monument for Beethoven for chorus & organ

Franck, Fantaisie in A (No.1 of 3 Pièces pour grand orgue)biography

Liszt, Mephisto Waltz No.1biography

Dupré, Prelude & Fugue in B, Op.7 No.1biography

Come and hear the re-inauguration of the iconic Harrison & Harrison Royal Festival Hall concert organ, performed by a celebrity cast of organists with international star trumpeter Alison Balsom, Southbank Centre's Voicelab and the brass ensembles of our resident orchestras the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia.

The programme includes specially commissioned works from two of Britain's most famous composers - Sir John Tavener and Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Four of the world's leading organists celebrate the refurbishment and reinstallation of the organ, putting the instrument through its paces in a programme of virtuosic and dazzling repertoire, including Bach's monumental Passacaglia.