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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Prom 16 - Casken, Tchaikovsky & Stravinsky - Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Royal Albert Hall

I went along to the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday to see Prom 16.

First piece was John Casken's evocative musical depiction of the Northumbrian landscape 'Orion Over Farne'.

Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 followed before the highlight of the evening, Stravinsky's 'Firebird'. It opened in subtle, graceful style eventually giving way to a later section punctuated by lively orchestral peaks and a moving yet triumphant ending. I was in the upper circle and despite the slightly restricted view and mobile phone interruptions it was an enjoyable concert.

The hall looked beautiful although there is something that prevents me from holding it quite in the same affection as the RFH etc. Still, it does look very impressive looking across from the beautiful Albert Memorial and it is unique I suppose in terms of its age and history/legacy etc. Maybe I will try to fit in another 2009 Prom if circumstances allow...

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