The music of Elgar and Walton speaks with a very particular accent, but the message is universal. The BBC SSO’s Associate Guest Conductor John Wilson’s affinity with British music makes him a natural for Elgar’s bright ’n’ breezy Cockaigne overture. But when he joins forces with Leonard Elschenbroich expect to hear Elgar’s Cello Concerto in a completely new light. And expect Walton’s explosive First Symphony – a fusion of love and rage, forged at white heat in an age of anxiety – to go off like a volcano.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Iain Farrington, General Editor of the Elgar Complete Edition, talks about Elgar’s Cello Concerto and its links with Walton.