Sunday 20 Jan 2019, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Martyn Brabbins conductor

Laurent Ben Slimane bass clarinet

Elgar Introduction and Allegro

Geoffrey Gordon Prometheus, Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra


Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Three English works frame a new concerto for bass clarinet inspired by Greek legend.

Instantly popular since its premiere in 1946, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra introduces the instruments of the orchestra one by one with a spritely tune. Martyn Brabbins conducts two English classics for string orchestra: Elgar's lively Introduction and Allegro and Vaughan Williams' Romantic masterpiece, the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

In between, hear the premiere of a new bass clarinet concerto inspired by Ancient Greek legend from American composer and winner of the Aaron Copland Award, Geoffrey Gordon. His infectious style combines an ear for melody with a “zest for sonic experimentation” (New York Times). 



  • Prices: £58 (premium); £45; £36; £28; £19; £12
  • Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
  • Running time: 115 minutes, including 20-minute interval
  • Please note: This performances starts at 3pm
  • After the concert: FREE Music of Today concert, 8pm, Purcell Room

This concert is part of the Sunday Matinees series