Nearest station – Waterloo on South Western Railway and on the Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee underground lines
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Holst Singers present an evening of music that includes gems of the English repertoire, with Walton’s Portsmouth Point Overture bearing the bustling energy of a postcard picture found on a day’s escape to the seaside, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2 performed by Khatia Buniatishvili, the world-renowned concert performer who returns to London to share the stage with the RPO.
Liszt’s stylistic choice of composing the work as a single movement with six distinctive sections allows for a unique interpretation of how each fragmentary melody creates a unified whole in a piece that displays Liszt’s typical virtuosic flourish.
Holst’s “The Planets”, a landmark of English romanticism, explores a new psychological landscape reflected in the astrological field with each movement, personifying characteristics such as peace, war, magic and mysticism, never failing to capture the wonder we project onto the night sky.
The concert finishes at approximately 9.40 pm.
NOTE: This evening concert is on the same day as the National Theatre tours so why not book one or both of the NT tours and then take the short walk to the Royal Festival Hall. There are plenty of restaurants in the area where you can enjoy dinner prior to “The Planets” concert.
If you require disabled parking, this is free for blue badge holders – contact the Royal Festival Hall directly for information about this.