Olivier Messiaen: Turangalila-symphonie
Messiaen's great symphonic work, first presented after the Second World War, shocked audiences with its ecstatic music and opulent orchestrations.
Inspired by the Tristan myth, it channels intense feelings of ecstasy and erotic love using a culmination of all the techniques Messiaen had developed so far.
Free pre-concert event, 6pm until 6.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
RCM Sparks, the College's innovative Learning and Participation programme, have been working with composer and animateur Rachel Leach, a team of RCM students and pupils from West London Free School and Richmond Park Academy to create a unique piece based on Messian's Turangalila. The pupils are working with theme's and motifs to create and inspire their own 21st-century young person's version bringing together a joint schools mixed ensemble to perform on the stage on Royal Festival Hall.
Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra
Thierry Fischer conductor
Stefan Stroissnig piano
Cynthia Millar ondes martenot