Written by Dominic Nudd... "The Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra announces its 2019/2020 season, including a characteristically varied and eclectic programme, balancing the central repertoire with unusual and neglected works.
"The WPO is proud to open the season celebrating what would have been Peter Maxwell Davies’ 85th birthday, performing Max’s First Violin Concerto, written for Isaac stern, with the stunning young soloist Charlie Lovell Jones. Max’s music has fallen from the repertoire since his untimely death in 2016 and this performance on 12th October 2019 will be a valuable contribution to reassessing Max’s immense contribution to musical life in the UK.
"The season continues on 14th December with two complete rarities; Granville Bantock’s Fifine at the Fair probably hasn’t had a London performance since the 1930s. A scheduled Prom in 1939 was cancelled, yet this utterly infectious score thoroughly deserves an outing. Nino Rota is widely known for film scores, yet his concert music is equally colourful and beguiling, his Divertimento Concertante for Double Bass and Orchestra, soloist Martin Ludenbach, will make a fascinating contrast both with the Bantock and with Elgar’s 2nd Symphony which completes the programme.
"The WPO keeps to the most central of central repertoire with performances in March and May of the 9th Symphonies of Mahler and Dvorak respectively, the concert in May includes Ravel’s G major Piano Concerto and another sumptuous rarity, thoroughly deserving of its place in the spotlight Korngold’s Sinfonietta.
"All concerts are conducted by the WPO long-standing principal conductor Jonathan Butcher."