Photo: Sophie Bevan, © Sussie Ahlburg
Our guide to the best classical concerts in January 2018.
1/ A Child of Our Time
At this gala fundraising concert in aid of the Refugee Council, soloists Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt join forces with the London Philharmonic Choir and members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of Tippett’s oratorio under Edward Gardner.
15 January 2018, Royal Festival Hall, London.
2/ Britten’s Piano Concerto
Huw Watkins, BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s Composer-in-Association, curates a concert exploring two composers who have strongly influenced his own musical style. Tippett’s Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles opens the programme, with Watkins himself taking centre stage as soloist in Britten’s Piano Concerto.
12 January 2018, BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff.
3/ Tippett’s Symphony No. 4
Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Tippett’s Fourth Symphony, completed by the composer at age 72 and described as his ‘birth to death piece’.
18 January 2018, Glasgow City Halls, Glasgow.
4/ Music for strings: Elgar, Walton & Britten
As part of the Royal Northern College of Music’s Strings Festival, students from the college join players from The Hallé to perform Walton’s Viola Concerto, Britten’s Violin Concerto and Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro under the direction of Sir Mark Elder and Sergej Bolkhovets.
14 January 2018, RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester.
5/ Britten’s Curlew River
Ante Terminum Productions, a newly established theatre company based in the heart of London, stages Benjamin Britten’s opera Curlew River in the surrounds of the 12th-century Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great in Smithfield.
9-13 January 2018, St Bartholomew-the-Great, London.