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RPO: Magic and Mysticism at Cadogan Hall

London, Cadogan Hall — Main Hall

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In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Fauré and Ibert at London's treasured and world‐renowned Cadogan Hall.

Alexander Shelley (Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) ventures into the world of fairy tales with a selection of two theatre pieces by Fauré and Mendelssohn. Fauré's suite from Pelléas et Mélisande combines gorgeous melodies with exciting moments, adding exquisite detail to the story, from the chase of the wild horns to the pulsating string trills that represent Mélisande's spinning wheel. She also includes the Sicilian's sublime flute melody, a signature tune of Fauré's and one of his most famous works.

The fairies and enchanted woods of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream fascinated Mendelssohn at an early age, and he was inspired to write an overture to this popular tale many years before he wrote the rest of the musical text (including the famous Wedding March). Despite this hiatus, Mendelssohn's music retains the freshness of the overture and exudes a bright and lyrical charm that perfectly captures the mood of the work, the glittering dwarfs and the magical woodland setting with its proverbs, songs and orchestral arrangements.

Ibert's energetic Flute Concerto showcases the virtuosity of the RPO's first flutist, Emer McDonagh. The concerto, dedicated to the great French flautist Marcel Moses, showcases the flute's full range, contrasting fast and bright passages, elegant phrases and rich tones.


  • Fauré, Gabriel – Suite
  • Ibert, Jacques – Flute Concerto
  • Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix – A Midsummer Night’s Dream‐ Incidental Music
Program is subject to change


Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Acknowledged as one of the UK’s most prodigious orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) enjoys an international reputation for bringing audiences worldwide first‐class performances and the highest possible standards of music‐making across a diverse range of musical repertoire. This was the vision of the Orchestra’s flamboyant founder Sir Thomas Beecham, whose legacy is maintained today as the Orchestra continues to thrive.

Choir: Royal Academy of Music Chorus
Conductor: Shelley, Alexander
Flute: McDonough, Emer
Soloist: Matheson, Tama


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