BBC NOW Present a New Concert Experience!
Classical Playlist: LIVE presented by BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales’ at the Brangwyn Hall on 5 October offers an alternative way to enjoy classical music. The event aims to deliver an accessible, enveloping experience that showcases a wide variety of music in a relaxed listening environment.
- Three stages in Brangwyn Hall will enable the widest range of music to be performed, featuring symphony orchestra, chorus, chamber line-ups, solo numbers and unaccompanied choral masterpieces.
- With the majority of the venue’s seating removed, audience members are able to walk around, sit or lie on the floor during the performance, and enjoy a drink alongside the music.
- Unusually for a classical concert, audience members will be encouraged to keep their phones on – enabling them to take photos and post on social media about the performances during the concert.
- The evening will feature belovedand well-known music, including Elgar’s Nimrod from the Enigma Variations, Prokofiev’s Dance of the Knights from Romeo & Juliet, Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries, Orff’s O Fortuna from Carmina Burana and Sir Karl Jenkins’ Palladio. Other composers featured include Bruckner, Copland, Mozart and Ravel.
- Get up close to the musicians and soloists in promenade performances and spotlight moments; one of the world’s leading saxophonists Amy Dickson, pianist Huw Watkins and organist Huw Williams.
- Over 180 musicians from BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and a special performance by young string musicians from Six Counties Music.
Presented from three separate stages inside the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, lighting will direct the listener’s attention in sequence to different performances and styles of classical music. Australian saxophonist, Amy Dickson will join BBC NOW, as well as Welsh pianist and BBC NOW’s Composer-in-Association Huw Watkins who performs Ravel with the orchestra. The concert will also feature music by Watkins, as well as the eminent Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins. Organist and current Director of Music at Bath Abbey, Huw Williams, will return to his hometown to perform the magnificent Toccata from Widor’s fifth Symphony.
Classical Playlist: LIVE with BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales is on 5 Oct at Brangwyn Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £15.
Classical Playlist: LIVE forms part of Swansea Fringe Festival 3-6 October.