Following their recent performances in Germany, which left audiences “open-mouthed” (Abendzeitung München), Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra will embark on their first UK tour together this weekend.
After a hugely successful eight-year tenure as Music Director of ENO, Edward was appointed Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, one of Europe’s oldest and most distinguished symphony orchestras, in autumn 2015.
Starting in Saffron Walden on 15 January, the orchestra will tour to Symphony Hall in Birmingham, The Anvil in Basingstoke, Sheffield’s City Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, before a final concert at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on 22 January.
The concert programmes have strong Norwegian and British flavours, ranging from works by Grieg (close confidante and Artistic Director of the Bergen Philharmonic from 1880-1882) to Walton’s Symphony No. 1, with celebrated Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk set to join the tour to perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor. The tour will also feature soloists Leonard Elschenbroich (at Saffron Hall), Baiba Skride (in Basingstoke), and soprano Ann-Helen Moen (in Amsterdam).
Performances take place on 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 22 January 2017. Further information including schedule, programmes and ticket details can be found here.