As part of the BBC Proms, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, led by its principal guest director Leif Ove Andsnes, is set to play London’s Royal Albert Hall as well as a unique club gig.
As part of the BBC Proms, the world's largest classical music festival, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, led by its principal guest director Leif Ove Andsnes, is set to play London’s Royal Albert Hall as well as a unique club gig at the 100 Club.
The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra visits London and the Royal Albert Hall on 25 August with joint Artistic Director Isabelle van Keulen and Principal Guest Director Leif Ove Andsnes. They will perform two works by Mozart, Edward Grieg's beloved string-orchestra classic and Danish composer Bent Sørensen's new piano concerto, 'La Mattina', which the composer regards as containing both his 'darkest and most profound' music. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as part of BBC Proms, a classic musical festival held every summer in London to present the widest possible range of music, performed to the highest standards, to large audiences. This year’s Proms is the 115th festival and will run from 16th July to 11th September.
Additionally, on 24 August the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Andsnes, will perform at the 100 Club as part of the Limelight series which presents classical performances in a rock n roll setting. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra will perform a repertoire that you normally won't find in the classical concert hall series; their acclaimed version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with sampled sounds are refreshing vital and different whilst still remaining same music that Vivaldi wrote. The performance is an attempt to try to connect the past with the present and bring the music even closer to Vivaldi's own description of his music. The orchestra also presents other new mixes of classical music put into a contemporary frame of expression.
The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra is one of Norway´s cultural mainstays and encompasses a large area of activity, also internationally. The orchestra earned spontaneous artistic recognition after the debut in 1977, but the international breakthrough came with the 1979 release of Grieg´s complete works for string orchestra. Terje Tønnessen is the artistic director, and the award-winning pianist Leif Ove Andsnes has been the orchestra's first guest leader since 2002.
More info on Norway’s UK embassy site.