Repertoire

Click on the links below to find out more about repertoire which will feature in forthcoming Philharmonia concerts, and to see when and where they will be performed.

Anderson, Julian

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Book of Hours

Scherzo (with Trains)

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque period. He enriched many established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and...

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Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Barry, John

John Barry Prendergast, OBE (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011)was an English composer and conductor of film music. He composed the soundtracks for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the "James...

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Overture & Main Theme, The Black Hole

Space March (Capsule in Space), You Only Live Twice

Bartók, Béla

Béla Viktor János Bartók (March 25, 1881 – September 26, 1945) was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest...

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Divertimento for String Orchestra

Piano Concerto No. 2

Violin Concerto No. 1

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist.

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Missa Solemnis

Overture, Namensfeier

Piano Concerto No. 3

Piano Concerto No. 4

Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Symphony No. 7

Symphony No. 9, Choral

Violin Concerto

Berg, Alban

Alban Maria Johannes Berg (February 9, 1885 – December 24, 1935) was an Austrian composer. He was a member of the Second Viennese School with Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, and produced compositions that combined Mahlerian Romanticism...

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Violin Concerto

Berlioz, Hector

Hector Berlioz (11 December 1803 – 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts.

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L'enfance du Christ: Selection

Le carnaval romain

Requiem (Grande Messe des Morts)

The Shepherd&39;s Farewell, L&39;enfance du Christ

Bizet, Georges

Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875), formally Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer, mainly of operas. In a career cut short by his early death, he achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen...

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Carmen, Suite No. 1

Bliss, Arthur

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, CH, KCVO (2 August 1891 – 27 March 1975), English composer and conductor.

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Morning Heroes

March, Things to Come

Borodin, Alexander

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (12 November 1833 – 27 February 1887) was a Russian Romantic composer, doctor and chemist. He was a member of the group of composers called The Five (or "The Mighty Handful")...

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Overture, Prince Igor

Brahms, Johannes

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist.

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Liebeslieder-Walzer Op 52 (excerpts)

String Quintet No 2 in G major Op.111

Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 4

Violin Concerto

Britten, Benjamin

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, OM CH was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He was one of the central figures of twentieth-century British classical music, and wrote music in several classical genres and styles, from...

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Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Bruch, Max

Max Christian Friedrich Bruch (6 January 1838 – 2 October 1920), also known as Max Karl August Bruch, was a German Romantic composer and conductor who wrote over 200 works, including three violin concertos, the first of which has become a staple...

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Violin Concerto No. 1

Bruckner, Anton

Anton Bruckner (4 September 1824 – 11 October 1896) was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language...

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Symphony No. 8

Chaplin, Charlie

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was a British comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp"...

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A Dog's Life

Shoulder Arms

Chin, Unsuk

Unsuk Chin is the Artistic Director of our Music of Today series.

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Clarinet Concerto

Chopin, Frédéric

Frédéric François Chopin or Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist. He is widely considered one of the greatest Romantic composers. Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, a village in the Duchy of...

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Piano Concerto No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 2

Concerto

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TBC

Davis, Carl

Born in New York in 1936‚ Carl Davis studied composition with Paul Nordoff and Hugo Kauder‚ and with Per Nørgaard in Copenhagen. In 1959 the revue Diversions‚ of which he was co-author‚ won an off-Broadway Emmy and travelled...

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Kid Auto Races at Venice

Buster Keaton's One Week (with film)

Buster Keaton's The General (with film)

de Falla, Manuel

Manuel de Falla y Matheu (23 November 1876 – 14 November 1946) was a Spanish composer. With Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados he is one of Spain's most important musicians of the first half...

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Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Debussy, Claude

Achille-Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied...

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La damoiselle élue

La mer

Syrinx

Delibes, Léo

Clément Philibert Léo Delibes (21 February 1836 – 16 January 1891) was a French composer of ballets, operas, and other works for the stage.

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Coppelia (excerpts)

Dukas, Paul

Paul Abraham Dukas (1 October 1865 – 17 May 1935) was a French composer, critic, scholar and teacher. A studious man, of retiring personality, he was intensely self-critical, and he abandoned and destroyed many of his compositions. His best...

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Overture, Polyeucte

Dvořák, Antonín

Antonín Leopold Dvořák (September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed features of the folk musics of Moravia and his native Bohemia...

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Symphony No. 7 in D minor (Op. 70)

Symphony No. 8 in G (Op. 88)

Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Elgar, Edward

Sir Edward William Elgar (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934), 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral...

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Enigma Variations: Nimrod

The Dream of Gerontius

Overture, Cockaigne (In London Town)

Fauré, Gabriel

Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers....

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Pavane (Op. 50)

Requiem

Fenton, George

Best known for his work in film and television, George Fenton is one of the UK’s most successful composers, writing scores for over 100 films and collaborating with some of the most influential filmmakers. 

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Planet Earth in concert

Finzi, Gerald

Gerald Raphael Finzi (14 July 1901 – 27 September 1956) was a British composer. Finzi is best known as a song-writer, but also wrote in other genres. Large-scale compositions by Finzi include the cantata Dies natalis for solo voice and string...

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Clarinet Concerto

Gardner, John

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Holly and the Ivy

Glazunov, Alexander

Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov (10 August 1865 – 21 March 1936) was a Russian composer of the late Russian Romantic period, music teacher and conductor. He served as director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory between...

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Violin Concerto in A minor (Op. 82)

Górecki, Henryk

Henryk MikoŠ‚aj Górecki was a Polish composer of contemporary classical music. He studied at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice between 1955 and 1960. He joined the faculty of his alma mater in Katowice in 1965, where he was made a...

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Symphony No. 3 (II. Lento e largo—Tranquillissimo)

Grainer, Ron

Ronald Erle “Ron” Grainer (11 August 1922 – 21 February 1981) was an Australian-born composer who worked for most of his professional career in the United Kingdom. He is mostly remembered for his film and television music.

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Theme, Dr Who

Grieg, Edvard

Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist.

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'In the Hall of the Mountain King', Peer Gynt

'Morning', Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt (incidental music)

Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1

Piano Concerto

Handel, George Frideric

George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685, Halle – 14 April 1759, London) was a German-born British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos.

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Messiah

Haydn, Joseph

Franz Joseph Haydn (31 March 1732 – 31 May 1809), known as Joseph Haydn, was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father...

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Symphony No. 100, Military

Symphony No. 88

Holst, Gustav

Gustav Theodore Holst (21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, famous for his orchestral suite The Planets.

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Song of the Night

Ives, Charles

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The Unanswered Question

Khachaturian, Aram

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Spartacus (excerpts)

Masquerade, Galop

Sabre Dance', Gayaneh

Violin Concerto

Komitas, Vardapet

Soghomon Gevorgi Soghomonyan , commonly known as Komitas Vardapet or simply Komitas was an Armenian priest, composer, choir leader, singer, music ethnologist, music pedagogue and musicologist. Many regard him as the founder of modern Armenian classical...

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Krunk

Lalo

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Violin Concerto

Ligeti, György

György Sándor Ligeti (May 28, 1923 – June 12, 2006) was a composer of contemporary classical music. Born in Transylvania, Romania, he lived in Hungary before emigrating and becoming an Austrian citizen.

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Atmosphères

Sonata for solo cello

Mahler, Gustav

Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. A Jew, he was born in the village of Kalischt, Bohemia, in what was then the Austrian Empire, now Kaliště...

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Adagietto, Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 1

Symphony No. 10

Symphony No. 3

Martinsson, Rolf

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Bridge - Trumpet Concerto No. 1

Mascagni, Pietro

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Intermezzo, Cavalleria Rusticana

Massenet

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&39;Meditation&39;, Thaïs

Mendelssohn, Felix

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847) - generally known in English-speaking countries as Felix Mendelssohn - was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

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Overture, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Overture, Das Märchen von der schönen Melusine

Overture, The Hebrides

Symphony No. 4, Italian

Violin Concerto

Messiaen, Olivier

Olivier Messiaen was a French composer, organist and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century. His music is rhythmically complex ; harmonically and melodically it is based on modes of limited transposition, which he abstracted...

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Turangalîla-symphonie

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptismal name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.

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Requiem (Introit, Kyrie & Dies Irae)

Divertimento in B-Flat, K.137

Piano Concerto No. 20, K466

Piano Concerto No. 24, K491

Piano Concerto No. 27, K595

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K364

Symphony No. 17

Violin Concerto No. 5, K219

Mussorgsky, Modest

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (21 March 1839 – 28 March 1881) was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity...

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Boris Godunov (excerpts)

Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)

Neuwirth, Olga

Olga Neuwirth was born in Graz, Austria, in 1968.  

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Un posto nell'acqua

locus . . . doublure. . . solus

Nielsen, Carl

Carl August Nielsen (9 June 1865 – 3 October 1931) is widely recognized as Denmark's greatest composer, and is also recognized as being a skilledconductor and a violinist. 

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Hymnus amoris

Serenata in vano

Flute Concerto

Symphony No. 4, The Inextinguishable

Symphony No. 5

OR

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Pearsall, Robert Lucas de

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In Dulci Jubilo

Prokofiev, Sergei

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor who mastered numerous musical genres and is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His best-known works are the...

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Romeo and Juliet: excerpts

Piano Concerto No. 3

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov (1 April 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninov is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives...

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Piano Concerto No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 2

Piano Concerto No. 3

Piano Concerto No. 4

Symphony No. 2

Ravel, Maurice

Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French composer known especially for his melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects. Along with Claude Debussy, he was one of the most prominent figures associated...

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Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

La valse

Pavane pour une infante defunte

Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Suite, Ma mère l'oye

Respighi, Ottorino

Ottorino Respighi (9 July 1879 – 18 April 1936) was an Italian composer, musicologist and conductor.

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Feste romane

Fontane di Roma

Pini di Roma

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (18 March 1844 – 21 June 1908) was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five. 

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'Polonaise' from Christmas Eve Suite

Overture on Three Russian Themes

Overture, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh

Rossini, Gioachino

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces.

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Overture, The Barber of Seville

Rutter, John

John Milford Rutter CBE (born 24 September 1945) is a British composer, conductor, editor, arranger and record producer, mainly of choral music.
 

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Shepherd&39;s Pipe Carol

Saint-Saëns, Camille

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist of the Romantic era. He is known especially for The Carnival of the Animals, Danse macabre, Samson and Delilah (Opera), Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Concerto...

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Bacchanale, Samson and Delilah

Salonen, Esa-Pekka

Esa-Pekka Salonen, born June 30, 1958 in Helsinki, is a Finnish orchestral conductor and composer.

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Mania for solo cello and ensemble

Schubert, Franz

Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer.

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Overture In the Italian Style, D.590

Ave Maria

Overture, Rosamunde

String Quintet in C major, D. 956

Symphony No. 8, Unfinished

Symphony No. 9, The Great

Schumann, Robert

Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856), sometimes known as Robert Alexander Schumann, was a German composer, aesthete and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most representative composers of the Romantic...

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Piano Concerto

Symphony No. 2

Scriabin, Alexander

Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (6 January 1872 – 27 April 1915) was a Russian composer and pianist.

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Rêverie

The Poem of Ecstasy, Symphony No. 4 (Op. 54)

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist and a prominent figure of 20th-century music.

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Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat (Op. 107)

Symphony No. 5

Sibelius, Jean

Jean Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity.

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Den första kyssen

Finlandia

Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings mote

Illalle

Karelia Suite

Lemminkäinen's Return

Luonnotar

Nightride and Sunrise (Op. 55)

Norden

Valse Triste

Andante Festivo

Suite, Pelléas et Mélisande

Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 5

Violin Concerto

Smetana, Bedřich

Bedřich Smetana (2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884) was a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style which became closely identified with his country's aspirations to independent statehood. He is thus widely regarded in...

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Overture, The Bartered Bride

Strauss, Johann

Johann Strauss II (October 25, 1825 – June 3, 1899), also known as Johann Baptist Strauss or Johann Strauss, Jr., the Younger, or the Son (German: Sohn), was an Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. He composed...

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Blue Danube Waltz (excerpt)

Thunder & Lightning Polka (Unter Donner und Blitz)

Overture, Die Fledermaus

Waltz, Roses from the South

Strauss, Richard

Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras.

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Metamorphosen

Stravinsky, Igor

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (7 June 1882 – 6 April 1971) was a Russian, and later French and American composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.

Stravinsky's...

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Agon

Apollon musagete

Fireworks

In memoriam Aldous Huxley

In Memoriam Dylan Thomas

Les Noces

Mavra

Oedipus Rex

Orpheus

Persephone

Petrushka (1947)

Renard

The Firebird

The Rite of Spring

Cantata

Introitus (T S Eliot in Memoriam)

Mass

Requiem Canticles

Symphonies of wind instruments

Symphony of Psalms

TBC

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Contemporary work

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (7 May 1840 – 6 November 1893), anglicised as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of The Russian Orthodox...

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1812 Overture (Op. 49)

Francesca da Rimini

Manfred Symphony

Nutcracker (excerpts)

Swan Lake (excerpts)

Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet

Piano Concerto No. 1

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, (Op. 64)

Violin Concerto

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958), OM, was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music and film scores.

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O little town of Bethlehem

Overture, The Wasps

Symphony No. 1, A Sea Symphony

Symphony No. 5

Verdi, Giuseppe

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. Some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture – such as "La donna è mobile"...

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Requiem

Grand March, Aida

Vivaldi, Antonio

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741), nicknamed il Prete Rosso ("The Red Priest") because of his red hair, was an Italian Baroque composer, Catholic priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice.

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One of The Four Seasons, to be performed and directed by Junior Section Competition winner

Wagner, Richard

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist and conductor primarily known for his operas (or, as some of his later works were later known, "music dramas").

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Siegfried Idyll

Prelude and Liebestod, Tristan und Isolde

Prelude, Act III, Lohengrin

Walton, William

Sir William Turner Walton OM (29 March 1902 – 8 March 1983) was an English composer. During a sixty-year career, he wrote music in several classical genres and styles, from film scores to opera. His best-known works include Façade...

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Crown Imperial

Warrell, Arr.

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We wish you a merry Christmas

Waxman, Franz

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Carmen Fantasie

Weber, Carl Maria Von

Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber (18 or 19 November 1786 – 5 June 1826) was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school.

Weber's operas Der...

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Overture, Der Freischütz

Overture, Oberon

Wilberg, Arr.

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Ding Dong merrily on high

Willcocks, David

There are few conductors of choral music who have achieved higher levels of recognition or acclaim than Sir David Willcocks. For over 30 years, as conductor of the Bach Choir and director of the Royal College of Music, he has achieved a standard of...

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Deck the hall

Good King Wenceslas

Hark! The herald angels sing

Masters in this hall

O come all ye faithful

Sussex Carol

The first nowell

God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Williams, John

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars saga, Jaws...

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Flying Theme, E.T.

Star Wars Main Title

Suite, Star Wars

Suite, Star Wars: III. The Imperial March

Yekmalian, Markar

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'Hayr Mer', Armenian Liturgy

'Surb, Surb', Armenian Liturgy

Zimmer, Hans

Hans Florian Zimmer (born 12 September 1957) is a German film composer and music producer. He has composed music for over 100 films, including award-winning film scores for The Lion King (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), The Thin Red Line (1998), Gladiator...

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Time, Inception