Kazuki Yamada meets the Midlander of the Century.

Kazuki Yamada has fallen in love with British music, and it doesn’t get much more British than Walton’s stirring Spitfire prelude. As for Elgar’s Enigma Variations; well, let’s just say that the famous Nimrod is far from being their best-kept secret. This is music that never gets any less fresh – the perfect complement to the brilliant Alice Sara Ott, in Beethoven’s stormiest piano concerto.

About Kazuki conducts Elgar & Beethoven Part 1

Join us for a FREE pre-concert chat with University of Birmingham Professor, Dr Paul Rodmell. The event will take place in the Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space from 6:30pm.

Where Have I Heard it Before?

Originally written as part of the soundtrack for the classic film The First of the Few, Walton's Spitfire Prelude and Fugue has since become a symbol of British patriotism.

Spitfire Prelude and Fugue Walton

Full programme

  • Walton, Spitfire Prelude and Fugue  (7mins)
  • Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.3  (34mins)
  • Elgar, Enigma Variations  (31mins)