The theme of this year’s NSO concert is: Inspire. Inspiration takes many forms. Both good and bad events can inspire people to do great things and make the most of life. Our programme this year is an example of this.
Bruckner wrote the fourth movement of his Symphony No. 7 in response to the death of his contemporary and idol, Richard Wagner. This Adagio, the last movement of Symphony No. 7, is still celebrated today for its melancholy sounds. But while melancholy, the movement has fragments of hope.
Edward Elgar also managed to be inspired, despite tragic events. Elgar wrote down the first notes of his famous cello concerto in 1919, just after the end of World War I. From this tragic backdrop emerged some of the most beautiful works for a symphonic orchestra.
Our 2023 project aims to convey a clear message. Even in tough times – a pandemic, an energy crisis and war – we can inspire each other to make the most of life and connect with each other through music. Inspiration comes from the environment you are in and from the people you interact with. We need to inspire one another, day in and day out. Be inspired, and inspire!
- Christiaan Richter – Motion Blur Streaks
- Edward Elgar – Cello concert in E
- Anton Bruckner – Symphonie No. 7 in E
Conductor: Jurjen Hempel
Soloist (cello): Ella van Poucke
Composer of commissioned piece: Christiaan Richter
Tickets for this event will be allocated through a ticket raffle. Students and staff can register for a chance to win up to two tickets per person.
You can register for the ticket raffle until 18 February . You’ll be notified by email on 21 February as to whether or not you’ve won tickets. (Please remember to check your spam folder around that date.)