Prom 35: Enigma Variations
Royal Albert Hall, 13 August 2019

ElgarÆs æEnigmaÆ Variations provides both model and inspiration for a new set of variations by 14 living composers premiered here to mark conductor Martyn BrabbinsÆs 60th birthday. The concert also includes Vaughan WilliamsÆs exquisite Serenade to Music.

Programme
            Kalevi Aho, Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Richard Blackford, Gavin Bryars, Brett Dean, Dai Fujikura, Wim Henderickx, 
            Colin Matthews, Anthony Payne, John Pickard, David Sawer, Iris ter Schiphorst, Judith Weir:
            Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. (40 mins) BBC commission: world premiere
            Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music (13 mins) Henry Wood Novelties: world premiere, 1938

            interval

            Johannes Brahms: Song of Destiny (18 mins)
            Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (29 mins)

Performers
    Idunnu Mⁿnch
    mezzo-soprano
    William Morgan
    tenor
    Nadine Benjamin
    soprano
    David Ireland
    bass-baritone

    English National Opera Chorus
    BBC Singers
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Martyn Brabbins
    conductor