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Flanders Symphony Orchestra, 2015

led by Jan Latham Koenig

Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace

Flanders Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Jan Latham-Koenig and IMG Artists will present two concerts at the Cadogan Hall on Wed 4 and Thurs 5 November, following concerts at the Leeds Town Hall Sat 31 October, The Anvil Basingstoke 1 Nov and Hexagon Reading 3 November.

The concerts are to commemorate The First World War and the bicentenary of Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo. The ‘Flanders Remembers’ concert at Cadogan Hall on November 4 is part of the ‘International Commemoration of 100 years Talbot House’ project and will be the official commemoration concert of the Flemish Community in London.

The partners for this project are Talbot House Belgium, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs and the Flemish Government, VisitFlanders and Westtoer.

Wed November 4 7.30pm Cadogan Hall

Debussy Berceuse Héroïque

Elgar Carillon narrator Simon Callow

Ibert The Ballad of Reading Gaol (based on Oscar Wilde’s poem) narrator Simon Callow

Richard Blackford In Flanders Fields narrator Simon Callow première

Piet Swerts The Harmonium of the Talbot House première

Elgar Sospiri

Elgar Pomp and Circumstance Marches no. 3&4

The Talbot House Centenary is the central theme of the concert. Richard Blackford and Piet Swerts have been commissioned by the Flanders Symphony Orchestra to write music inspired by war atrocities in Flanders. John McRae’s In Flanders Fields is the inspiration for Blackford’s new work of the same title. Flemish composer Swerts will be including the Talbot House harmonium and bells in his creation Talbot Hymn.

There is currently an exhibition at Guildhall City of London of Talbot House in Poperinge and its founder Tubby Clayton until 8 January 2015.

Flanders Symphony Orchestra with Mark Bebbington/Gavin Carr soloists

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus Thursday 5 November 7.30pm

J.F Lesueur Coronation Music for Napoleon

Schoenberg Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte, op. 41

Beethoven Wellington’s Sieg, (Wellington’s Victory), op. 91

Berlioz The Fifth of May, op. 6 Soloist/narrator Gavin Carr

Beethoven Choral Fantasy, op. 80 soloist Mark Bebbington and Bournemouth Symphony chorus.

During the Great War, Poperinge was part of unoccupied Belgium. Away from battle around Ypres Army chaplains Neville Talbot and Philip "Tubby" Clayton opened Talbot House. From December 1915 the building provided rest and recreation to all soldiers coming in, regardless of their rank.

Wednesday 4th November and Thursday 5th November 2015


Tickets: £18-£45

20 October 2015