Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth conductor
Steven Worbey piano
Kevin Farrell piano

Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Sunday 25th March at 2:45pm

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  • Sibelius Karelia Suite Op 11
  • Arnold Piano Concerto Op.104
  • Delibes (arr. Wordsworth) Coppélia Suite
  • Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals
The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra's season draws to a close in toe-tapping form, with some of the most irresistibly tuneful music ever written. The concert opens in the sweeping grandeur of the Finnish landscape, incomparably evoked by the music of Sibelius. His Karelia Suite, based on folk tunes and inspired by the great wilderness of South East Finland, is one of his most popular pieces and includes the exhilarating 'Alla Marcia'.

The pianists Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell perform Malcolm Arnold's Concerto for Two Pianos, written for three hands and full of zest and humour. The virtuosic duo also conjures a musical menagerie with Saint-Saëns ever-popular Carnival of the Animals, a parade of creatures drawn with supreme imagination and insight. Meanwhile, Barry Wordsworth unveils his suite based on the full score of Delibes' delightful comic ballet Coppélia - a cascade of sprightly, witty and tender melodies.

Open Rehearsal for Children
Look out for details of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra's annual Open Rehearsal on the morning of the concert, which focuses on Carnival of the Animals.

Before this concert, there will be an interview featuring Louise Schweitzer in conversation with pianists Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell in the Brighton Museum Education Pavilion.
Click here to find out more.

'Impressive virtuosity and artistry, truly unique and entertaining. I can think of no better way to draw new audiences to classical music'
Linda Merrick - Principle of Royal Northern College of Music

Eamonn Holmes
This Morning (ITV)


'Extremely virtuosic and beyond dazzling'
Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

'Bravo, What terrific fun!'
Carl Davis: conductor

'Jaw Dropping Talent'

Kate Copstick, Scotsman