Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin and MSO soloist in residence
Deborah Cheetham Yirramboi (Tomorrow) – MSO Commission and World Premiere
Elgar Violin Concerto
About the performance
British and Australian voices in harmony.
Scottish star Nicola Benedetti, one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation, returns to MSO to take up the challenge of Elgar’s superb concerto, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.
MSO’s 2020 Soloist in Residence, violin sensation Nicola Benedetti was named BBC Young Performer of the Year in 2004, aged just 16. She studied at the renowned Menuhin school in Surrey and still a teenager, signed a £1 million recording contract. Now one of Britain’s most successful violinists, here Benedetti plays Elgar’s Violin Concerto, one of the most adored pieces of music in the British canon.
No English composer before Elgar had produced a widely successful violin concerto, and the work stands as one of the composer’s greatest achievements. It has none of the patriotic bluster of his most famous works, the piece is haunting and enigmatic rather than pompous. Rather than the stiff upper lip, this concerto is an unashamed outpouring of emotion.
Under the guidance of MSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis, this spectacular merging of Australian and British music opens with the world premiere of a new work by MSO Composer in Residence Deborah Cheetham AO, her Yirramboi (Tomorrow).
A suite of curriculum-linked pre-concert resources will be issued to all school ticket holders prior to your excursion, extending your school’s experience well beyond the concert itself!
Nicola Benedetti supported by MSO Life Members, Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO