Australian World Orchestra to perform at BBC Proms

26.04.22 | Blog

Australian World Orchestra to perform at BBC Proms

The Australian World Orchestra will perform at the UK’s two most prestigious cultural arenas this summer, making their debuts at the Edinburgh International Festival (Usher Hall, Friday 19 August) and the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday 23 August 2022).

Described by Sir Simon Rattle as ‘one of the greatest orchestras in the world,’ the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) comprises over 80 of Australia’s top musicians called up from the world’s top orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and in the UK the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

The programmes in both Edinburgh and London will feature Anton Webern’s Passacaglia and Six pieces for Orchestra (1928 revised version), as well as Dvořák’s Symphony 7, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, respectively. Both performances will also feature Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées in an arrangement by the Australian composer Brett Dean, sung by the Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg.

Both concerts will be conducted by one of the world’s top conductors, the legendary maestro Zubin Mehta.


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