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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Rhapsody & Wonder

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Rhapsody & Wonder

Wednesday 06th May, 2020


Phoenix Concert Hall


VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Wasps: Overture

RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

BUTTERWORTH The Banks of Green Willow

ELGAR ‘Enigma’ Variations


Christoph Altstaedt Conductor

Clare Hammond Piano

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Vaughan Williams’ animated and bombastic Overture to The Wasps opens an evening of enthralling orchestral classics. Featuring is Rachmaninov’s vivacious Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, performed by pianist Clare Hammond. The piece paints rich Romantic colours with the central melody, ranging from expressions of virtuosic passion to moments of lush, lyrical introspection.

Butterworth’s The Banks of the Green Willow opens the second half, a quintessential piece of English Romanticism with its sublime orchestral reimagining of a traditional folk theme. Perhaps Elgar’s most enduring work, his ‘Enigma Variations remains as one of the nation’s best-loved pieces of the orchestral repertoire. A set of musical dedications to dear friends of the composer, the main theme is perhaps performed most memorably in the famous Nimrod movement, which never fails to rouse the feelings of awe and wonder in the listener.


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Venue Info

Phoenix Concert Hall

Designed as a scaled down version of the Royal Festival Hall, (both venues shared the same acoustic consultant, Hope Bagenal), our Concert Hall is recognised internationally for its fantastic and bright acoustics and has “…some of the finest acoustics in Europe” as stated by renowned conductor Leopold Stokowski.

The Phoenix Concert Hall will once again play host to the London Mozart players as resident Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.



Phoenix Pianos

Phoenix Pianos - Fairfield Halls

Phoenix Pianos are a British company that pride themselves on leading the piano manufacture industry with new, high-end piano technologies.

Founder and Chairman, Richard Dain, is a man of impressive engineering pedigree and tireless vision, who in the early 2000s began to combine his passion for pianos and music with his wide-ranging engineering skills.

A series of ground-breaking innovations have led to the most technologically advanced pianos in the world.

The Phoenix mission is twofold:

  1. To once again offer inspiration to artists in new levels of acoustic performance, after a century of near complete stagnation within the piano industry.
  2. To make highly practical improvements to piano design, such as climate resistance, longevity of parts, reliability of performance, and touch response.

Phoenix instruments benefit from:

  • Carbon fibre and Kevlar soundboard designs
  • A new highly responsive action comprising 3D printed and carbon fibre parts
  • Patented bridge technology to improve the power and efficiency of acoustic transfer, giving artists access to a wider dynamic range

The installation of a fleet of Phoenix instruments in the Fairfield Halls, and their sponsoring of the Phoenix Academy, represent a very special moment for both piano design and manufacture, and for this premier venue.