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RNCM Symphony Orchestra

with Rebecca Tong (conductor) and Maria Matveeva (piano)

Friday 31 January 7.30pm

RNCM Concert Hall

Xiaogang (web)

Xiaogang Ye The Backyard of the Village (European première)
Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor Op 22
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 4 in G major

Rebecca Tong conductor
Maria Matveeva piano
Alicia Cadwgan soprano

The first RNCM Symphony Orchestra concert of the year opens with Xiaogang Ye’s 2019 composition, The Backyard of the Village. One of China’s leading contemporary composers, Ye’s piece Starry Sky was performed by Lang Lang at the opening of the Beijing Olympics in 2008, with a live broadcast watched by 3 billion people worldwide.

Inspired by years of travel across Tibet and Nepal, Ye’s music marries Eastern and Western musical styles and takes the listener on a sonic journey. In The Backyard of the Village, he depicts the beautiful villages of Hangzhou in the Zhejiang province, drawing on folk elements that he was familiar with as a child. We’re delighted that our students are performing this European première during the Spring Festival as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. The programme also features Mahler’s colourful and expressive Symphony No 4, conducted by our Junior Fellow in Conducting, Rebecca Tong.

6.30pm // Carole Nash Recital Room
RNCM Chinese students share music from their homeland, as part of this new series curated by the RNCM SU.

Free admission, no ticket required


Crossing Musical Boundaries: Exploring Contemporary Jazz

Friday 31 January 9.30pm

A performance featuring a creative mixture of diverse musical styles, with a main focus on jazz.

Free admission, no ticket required

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Friday 31 January 7.30pm - Tickets £5