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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Heart of Darkness

Repertoire

Elgar
Cockaigne Overture
Tarik O’Regan
Suite from Heart of Darkness for narrator and orchestra (London premiere) – text by Tom Phillips, after Joseph Conrad
Sibelius
Symphony No.2

Performers

Samuel West
narrator
Nicholas Collon
conductor

A heady mixture of new music and established classics, this concert combines two renowned masterworks with the London première of the Suite from Tarik O’Regan’s recent opera, Heart of Darkness. Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella, O’Regan’s opera has already met with great acclaim for its ‘music of startling beauty’ (The Observer) and ‘a magical and haunting sound-world’ (The Telegraph).

Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture is a vibrant celebration of London, depicting a couple exploring the metropolis, enjoying sounds from church bells to a brass band. The Second Symphony by Sibelius is one of his most engaging and beautiful compositions, overflowing with exhilarating orchestral textures.

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