Britten Shostakovich Festival Orchestra
Jan Lathan Koenig Conductor
Jennifer Pike Violin
The 1812 Overture and The Lark Ascending in a celebration of musical ties between Britain and Russia.
Discover one of the brightest, freshest classical ensembles around. Founded just this year, the Britten Shostakovich Festival Orchestra brings together exceptional young musicians from the UK and Russia in a captivating celebration of cultural friendship between the two countries.
Under founding conductor Jan Latham Koenig, the Orchestra performs powerful music from Britain and Russia, featuring iconic works by the two composers who give it its name – both 20th-century geniuses brought together by their devoted musical friendship.
Tchaikovsky’s spectacular 1812 Overture brings the concert to a roof-raising close, and Jennifer Pike, former BBC Young Musician winner and now a respected international soloist, soars through the exquisite avian evocations of Vaughan Williams’s nostalgic The Lark Ascending.
Clangorous bells and an all-engulfing storm mark out the vivid Four Sea Interludes from Britten’s Peter Grimes, while the shattering intensity of his film score Hamlet and the mischievous humour of his perky Suite for Variety Orchestra display two contrasting sides to the mercurial Shostakovich.