We are delighted to announce that Edward Gardner’s role as Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has been extended for the 2015/16 season. He will conduct the orchestra in four concerts including works by Sibelius, Elgar and Verdi’s comic masterpiece, Falstaff, which will feature a world-class cast. > Click here to see full details of the CBSO’s 2015/16 season
This announcement comes after two fantastic weeks with the orchestra, the first celebrating the 20th Anniversary year of the Youth Chorus in an all-Mendelssohn programme including Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the String Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 1 with Cédric Tiberghien.
The second week saw an all-English programme of Elgar, Bridge and Tippett’s fiendishly difficult second symphony in a vigorous and invigorating performance by the CBSO. The concert was recorded live for BBC Radio 3 and is available to listen again for the next 23 days. >Click here to listen on BBC iPlayer.
Both concerts attracted fantastic reviews:
“This particular concert was a remarkable example of Gardner’s talents, generously applauded by the orchestra (timpani sticks have never been so eloquent), and a wonderful piece of all-English programming.”
Christopher Morley, The Birmingham Post
“With vigour, playful rubato and intoxicating cantabile strings, Edward Gardner and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra made this tone poem sing brightly, proudly and persuasively. Both sides of Elgar’s temperament were featured in this programme: joy and despair”
Anna Picard, The Times [Elgar: Cockaigne Overture]
“The burning conviction that the CBSO’s principal guest conductor, Edward Gardner, brought to the score was obvious – he captured Tippett’s tumultuous energy and brightness, a myriad threads drawing the listener into a web of sound.”
Rian Evans, The Guardian [Tippett: Symphony no. 2]