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200229 A London Symphony.


  • Foulds April - England8′
  • Gary Carpenter Ghost Songs23′ (CBSO Centenary Commission)
  • Vaughan Williams A London Symphony48′

Imagine a piece of music inspired by classic Scottish ghost tales, perfectly crafted to give our world-class Youth and Childrens’ choruses the sing of their lives. And then imagine that it’s been written by Gary Carpenter – a composer with a gift for storytelling (he made his name on the cult movie The Wicker Man) as well as a wicked sense of humour (he once wrote a piece inspired by Mozart’s passion for snooker).

The result is Ghost Songs, and when it was premiered in 2018, it was an instant hit. “A luscious sparkling orchestral work, generously written for each player” wrote one critic. “The piece grips from start to finish”. And believe us – in Symphony Hall it’ll sound even better. Our own Michael Seal conducted Ghost Songs when it was performed in Liverpool last year, and he can’t wait to bring it home.

CBSO+ 5.30pm: Join CBSO Youth and Children’s Chorus Directors, Julian Wilkins and Ula Weber, with composer Gary Carpenter as he talks about his CBSO Centenary Commission Ghost Songs, ahead of tonight’s performance.

Please note the pre-concert talk will now start at 5.30pm, 15 minutes earlier than previously advertised, due to the Making an Entrance redevelopments. You will be asked to show your ticket for access into the pre-concert talk, and then invited to take your seat for the concert immediately after the talk concludes. Times of talks will be listed on the concert pages of the CBSO and THSH’s websites in advance, please check before making travel plans.

The CBSO's youth ensembles are generously supported by the Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity, Helen Rachael Mackaness Charitable Trust and The Leverhulme Trust, with additional support from the Andor Charitable Trust, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, The Millichope Foundation and The Irving Memorial Trust.


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