He's one of classical music’s most important composers - and on the eve of his 80th birthday, we got to ask him what he thinks about the state of classical music in 2016.
The Harry Potter actress will join the Philharmonia Orchestra, The Bach Choir, conductor Grant Llewellyn and renowned soloists for a spectacular evening of entertainment to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK in the charity’s 10th anniversary year.
Imelda Staunton (above left ) will narrate a newly commissioned script accompanying The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 21st April 2016.
The programme also includes Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 featuring Francesca Dego (above right), the 26-year-old Italian-American violinist who already has an impressive number of Deutsche Grammophon recordings to her name, in her London concerto debut. Watch her performing some Paganini below:
Paganini: Cantabile - Francesca Dego & Francesca Leonardi
An exquisite melody from Paganini played by Francesca Dego Violin...Next month Francesca is joining the Philharmonia Orchestra for a fundraising concert for Pancreatic Cancer UK: http://classfm.co/0Of6uPPosted by Classic FM on Friday, 18 March 2016
Four more glittering soloists take to the stage in the second half for Mozart’s Requiem: the soprano Katherine Manley, mezzo-soprano Emilie Renard, tenor James Gilchrist and bass Ashley Riches.
Classic FM will be supporting the concert and recording it for later broadcast.
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Philharmonia Orchestra and The Bach Choir: a Gala Concert in Aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK
Royal Festival Hall, Thursday 21 April 2016, 7:30pm
Book tickets by phone: 0207 960 4200