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2018/19 CONCERT SEASON

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WELCOME TO OUR 2018/19 SEASON

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I am delighted to welcome you to our new season of Sunday afternoon concerts in Eastbourne. Following the success of our chamber concerts at the Devonshire Park Theatre, we are pleased to return for four more intimate musical afternoons highlighting the special talent of some of our key players. In the New Year we return to open the newly renovated Congress Theatre with the full Orchestra. Our season opens at the Devonshire Park Theatre on 23 September with piano trios by three masters of the form, Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Schubert. We celebrate our remarkable wind players on 11 November with a programme featuring Mozart’s Gran Partita. On 2 December our splendid brass players are joined by members of the London Philharmonic Choir, under its director Neville Creed, for a Celebration of Christmas. With sacred works of the season from Gabrieli to Britten and Schütz to Vaughan Williams, this is a concert guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit. Our final concert at the Devonshire Park Theatre on 24 February features Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1.

When the Congress Theatre first opened in 1963 the LPO gave the inaugural concert and we are delighted to continue the tradition. After two years away, we return to re-open the Congress Theatre on 24 March with award-winning cellist Kian Soltani and conductor Darrell Ang, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Our season closes on 7 April when we are joined by the incomparable Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä for Sibelius’s great Fifth Symphony. Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki plays Grieg’s Piano Concerto. I hope you will join us at the Devonshire Park and Congress theatres this year and enjoy the wonder of live music.

Timothy Walker AM Chief Executive and Artistic Director


SEPTEMBER

THE WORLD IN MINIATURE

Sunday 23 September 2018 3.00pm Devonshire Park Theatre Rachmaninoff Trio Elegiac No. 1 in G minor Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op.101 Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra

‘@LPORCHESTRA I THINK THAT WAS THE MOST EXCITING CONCERT I’VE BEEN TO FOR A LONG TIME!’   Audience member

When you add a cello and a violin to a grand piano, you open up a new world of emotion and expression. It may only comprise three players, but the great composers have confided some of their most powerful and intimate thoughts to the piano trio – whether it’s the tempestuous emotionrecollected-in-tranquillity of Brahms’s sweeping Third Trio, or a vision of pure lyrical loveliness from the greatest songwriter of all time, Franz Schubert. Rachmaninoff’s impassioned youthful Trio sets the mood, and proves that great musical experiences can sometimes come in surprisingly small packages.

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NOVEMBER

HEAVEN AND EARTH

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Sunday 11 November 2018 3.00pm Devonshire Park Theatre

Dvořák Serenade in D minor, Op.44 Mozart Wind Serenade No. 10 (Gran Partita) Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra “It started simply enough, like a rusty squeezebox… and then suddenly high above it, sounded a single note on the oboe”. Remember that great scene from Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus? When Salieri hears Mozart’s Gran Partita, he thinks he’s hearing the voice of God. Tonight, a hand-picked team of LPO woodwind players take the same path to heaven, in music that sings, dances, and goes straight to your heart. First, though, they head to the Czech countryside for something altogether different and utterly delicious – the irresistible Wind Serenade by Antonín Dvořák, who grew up in his uncle’s butcher’s shop but never took his eyes off the stars.

‘INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE TONIGHT BY THE @LPORCHESTRA. STILL SPEECHLESS.’

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DECEMBER

A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS

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Sunday 2 December 2018 3.00pm Devonshire Park Theatre ‘UTTERLY EXTRAORDINARY. ONE OF THE MOST AWESOME THINGS, IN THE LITERAL SENSE, THAT I’VE EVER HEARD. MIND BLOWN AND GOB THOROUGHLY SMACKED!’

© Louise Kragh Photography

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Neville Creed conductor Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra London Philharmonic Choir

Gabrieli O Magnum Mysterium Praetorius In dulci jubilo Cornelius The Three Kings Byrd O Magnum Mysterium Schütz Herr, unser Herrscher Poulenc Christmas Motets Britten Hymn to the Virgin Vaughan Williams Wassail Song Lauridsen O Magnum Mysterium Bartók Romanian Christmas Carols Trad arr. Harvey I Wonder as I Wander Schütz Hodie Christus Natus Est Trad arr. Harvey Lord of the Dance Trad arr. Harvey The Twelve Days of Christmas Christmas is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time of magic, of mystery, and the deep, calm quiet of frosty nights. In this enchanting concert with the London Philharmonic Choir under its acclaimed chorus master Neville Creed, we’ll travel back over five centuries to find the eternal beauty at the heart of the season, with music by Renaissance masters and carols whose origins are lost in time. But there’ll be familiar melodies too, as well as sacred visions from modern masters. Deep comfort – and timeless joy. 03


FEBRUARY

THE MUSIC OF FRIENDS Sunday 10 February 2019 3.00pm Devonshire Park Theatre

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Mozart Oboe Quartet Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18, No. 1 Brahms Clarinet Quintet

When the 25-year-old Mozart met the famous oboist Ramm, his mother worried that he might be a bad influence! But Wolfgang was having too much fun to care, and you can hear the results in his delightful Oboe Quartet. Brahms, meanwhile, was in retirement when he met the clarinettist of his dreams; his glorious Clarinet Quintet interrupts a golden autumn afternoon with a passionate gypsy lament. As Beethoven once said, it’s music that speaks from the heart, to the heart, and Romeo and Juliet inspired his own Quartet Op. 18, No. 1. Music doesn’t get any lovelier – or more personal.

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‘MAYBE THE BEST PERFORMANCE I’VE EVER SEEN, PERIOD. ALL HAIL THE @LPORCHESTRA!’   Audience member

© Benjamin Ealovega

Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra


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WE ARE DELIGHTED TO RETURN TO OPEN THE NEWLY RENOVATED CONGRESS THEATRE IN SPRING 2019 After two seasons of chamber music, giving you a taste of the wonderfully talented soloists in the Orchestra, we bid a fond farewell to the Devonshire Park Theatre. We hope you enjoyed listening to our concerts there as much as we enjoyed performing them.

‘TO HEAR THE PERFECTION OF AN ORCHESTRA IN TOTAL COMMAND OF ITS FORCES WAS A RARE TREAT.’ The Argus, April 2016

Following the recent refurbishment of the Congress Theatre, we are thrilled to return to our home in Eastbourne with two celebratory concerts to round off our 2018/19 season. The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a long history with the Congress Theatre, having given the inaugural concert when it first opened in 1963. We are thrilled to continue that tradition on 24 March with Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Symphony No. 5.

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The building has undergone extensive improvements, with state-of-the-art technical capabilities, brand new seating, and upgraded customer facilities to give you the best possible experience. We look forward to welcoming you this spring for some unforgettable afternoons of orchestral musicmaking and hope you will enjoy everything the new and improved Congress Theatre has to offer.


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Sunday 24 March 2019 3.00pm Congress Theatre

MARCH

ELEGY AND TRIUMPH

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Glinka Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla Elgar Cello Concerto Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 Darrell Ang conductor Kian Soltani cello

‘IT WAS ONE OF THOSE UNFORGETTABLE TIMES WHEN THE MUSIC JUMPED OUT AT YOU, A POTENT BLEND OF SPONTANEITY, CONTROL AND IMAGINATION.’

There’s a good reason why Elgar’s Cello Concerto is one of the nation’s favourite pieces, though it’s hard to believe it’s 100 years old this year. Like any true classic, it always sounds new – and in the hands of a cellist as insightful and as poetic as the young Austrian-Persian star Kian Soltani it’ll feel fresher than ever. Conductor Darrell Ang will bring all his charisma to a programme that begins with Glinka’s firecracker of an overture, and ends in the triumph of Tchaikovsky’s unashamedly autobiographical Fifth Symphony: music that the composer wanted to be played “with passion and desire”.

Kian Soltani

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Classical Source, October 2017

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APRIL

LEGENDS OF THE NORTH Sunday 7 April 2019 3.00pm Congress Theatre

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Bax Tintagel Grieg Piano Concerto Sibelius Suite, Belshazzar’s Feast Sibelius Symphony No. 5 Osmo Vänskä conductor Jan Lisiecki piano

‘VÄNSKÄ SCULPTED ONE OF THE SHARPEST, MOST BELLIGERENT READINGS THAT THESE EARS HAVE HEARD.’

The Times on Vänskä conducting Sibelius with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, October 2016

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Osmo Vänskä

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High above the Atlantic breakers, the clifftop castle of Tintagel is the stuff of legend, and when Arnold Bax saw it he let his imagination soar. Tonight’s concert begins with some of the most passionately romantic music ever written by a British composer and ends with Jean Sibelius gazing at a flight of swans in the sunset: the inspiration for his Fifth Symphony, and one of the simplest – but greatest – melodies ever written for orchestra. Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä is simply unequalled in Sibelius, and the young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has something marvellously fresh to say about Grieg’s much-loved concerto, too.


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BOOKING INFORMATION

Devonshire Park Theatre Ticket Office 01323 412000 Compton Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4BW Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm (and Sundays if there is a performance)

Tickets £15, £20, £25 Inclusive of £1 per ticket booking fee

Congress Theatre Ticket Office

Group bookings: bring friends – save money! — Groups of 10 or more will receive a 20% discount on ticket prices — Groups of 20 or more will receive a 20% discount as well as a complimentary ticket for the group organiser.

01323 412000 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4BP

Please call the Ticket Office for details. Please note that offers cannot be combined.

Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm (and Sundays if there is a performance)

How to pay

Tickets £13–£25 Premium seats £29 Inclusive of £1 per ticket booking fee

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We accept Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards. There is a £1 booking fee for each ticket purchased. This is included in the ticket prices displayed. There is a £1 charge for postage. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Access We want everybody to enjoy their visit and offer a range of facilities for patrons with disabilities and their companions, and also to those who may need support in attending our events. Please ensure you notify us of any special requirements when booking, so we can ensure you are offered the most appropriate seats.


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The Devonshire Park Theatre and Congress Theatre have several specially designed seat positions as well as a wheelchair-accessible toilet on the ground floor. A companion may be admitted free of charge, via the essential companion scheme. Please ask the Ticket Office for further details.

Both venues are situated close to Eastbourne seafront and a short distance from the town centre. We are just 45 minutes from Brighton, 30 minutes from Hastings and Bexhill and 60 minutes from Tunbridge Wells.

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Public transport Eastbourne Station is a 10-15 minute walk away, with fast, regular services to Eastbourne from Hastings, Lewes, Brighton, Haywards Heath, London and elsewhere. To book tickets and for travel updates visit southernrailway.com or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

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Parking Disabled parking is available directly in front of the Devonshire Park Theatre. Patrons may also be dropped off and collected from this point. Pay and display parking is available at the College Road car park, approximately 250m behind the Devonshire Park Theatre.

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There is an infra-red assisted hearing system in the Devonshire Park Theatre, which also has an induction loop system. Headphones and neck loops can be requested from the Duty Manager prior to the performance. They can also check that your hearing aid is compatible with this system.

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London Philharmonic Orchestra 2018/19 Eastbourne season brochure  
London Philharmonic Orchestra 2018/19 Eastbourne season brochure