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English Chamber Orchestra

Repertoire

Mozart
Symphony No. 31 (Paris)
Peter Fribbins
Violin Concerto (world premiere)
Ravel
Le tombeau de Couperin
Saint-Saëns
Une nuit à Lisbonne
Ravel
Tzigane

Performers

Philippe Graffin
violin
Jean-Jacques Kantorow
conductor

Acclaimed French violinist Philippe Graffin celebrates the 20th anniversary of his move to London with friends and music from both Britain and France.

Philippe gives the world premiere of the Violin Concerto by British composer Peter Fribbins as well as performing Ravel’s virtuosic gypsy Tzigane, a work which epitomises his charismatic playing and flair.

Especially written for Philippe, and the product of two years’ work, Fribbins’s new concerto – beautiful, dramatic, and highly expressive – draws some of its material from music by Purcell, himself a composer inspired by the French music of his day and marks an important new contribution to the repertoire.

The evening’s colourful programme also showcases the English Chamber Orchestra and its conductor, another renowned French artist, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, who forsakes his violin to conduct the fine orchestra in Mozart’s Paris Symphony, full of colour, Ravel’s ever-popular Le tombeau de Couperin and Saint-Saëns’ beautiful Une nuit de Lisbonne.

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