Theodosia Ntokou, piano & Alexander Shelley, conductor

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Boulanger 360°

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 19:30

Past Event
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Past Event


Boulanger D’un matin de printemps
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2
Boulanger D’un soir triste
Ravel Mother Goose Suite


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Theodosia Ntokou piano
Alexander Shelley conductor

We regret to inform you that this performance has been cancelled. We are doing our utmost to support the national effort in reducing the spread of coronavirus and the health and well-being of all our visitors, staff members and visiting performers is our number one priority.

Ticket holders are fully covered for the full value of their tickets and will be contacted shortly. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you on future occasions.

A note from Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:

“Following the Government’s announcement encouraging social distancing, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will cease its concert programme until the end of May 2020. Given the health risks presented by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is acutely aware of the need to protect the health of concert-goers, venue staff and the ensemble itself.

With millions of people self-isolating and working from home, the RPO will soon be introducing a comprehensive ‘RPO At Home’ digital programme that is intended to enrich people’s home routines, to help lift spirits during these unprecedented times.

Please do keep in touch by visiting the Orchestra’s website and social media channels, where you can find videos, blogs and Podcasts. Further announcements on scheduled RPO concerts beyond May will be made in due course.”

Lili Boulanger’s symphonic poem D’un matin de printemps opens a concert revolving around a composer who in her tragically short lifetime left an enduring legacy of works. Her D’un soir triste is a beautiful piece of late Romanticism, under which a yearning tension lies beneath in its bold chromaticism and disarmingly enchanting melodies.

Boulanger’s contemporary, Ravel, was a significant influence on the French tradition of the era. His Mother Goose Suite, as he put in his own words, evokes ‘the poetry of childhood’ with a sense of adventure and innocence in five charming fairy tale settings. Soloist Theodosia Ntokou performs Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2, a work with an exuberant display of stylistic variety where no two moments sound quite the same.

A grant from ABO Trust’s Sirens programme (supporting the promotion of music by historical women composers) has made possible the performance of Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps and D’un soir triste.

Duration: approx. 2 hours (incl. interval)

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