Orchestra launches musical festival with flagship concert

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is to launch the Bexhill Festival of Music at the De La War Pavilion with one of their flagship concerts, the Tchaikovsky Gala.

The popular concert has played to sold-out houses across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, and features Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien and the powerful Marche Slave, alongside excerpts from his most popular ballet, The Nutcracker.

The concert also features his Piano Concerto No.1 and ends with the explosive 1812 Overture (recognisable from film V for Vendetta and many television adverts).

Conductor Brian Wright was a major prize-winner in conducting competitions in London and Milan.

He was assistant conductor to André Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor to the BBC in London.

He has conducted all the major British orchestras, winning particular praise for performances at the BBC Proms, and is a regular guest conductor in Britain and Europe.

In the UK, Brian is currently music director of Maidstone Symphony Orchestra and Goldsmiths Choral Union, London.

Pianist Alexandra Dariescu was born in 1985 and is an award-winning young musician.

She featured as BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Rising Star’ in June 2011 and is hugely popular with audiences.

She has given recitals at major venues and festivals throughout Europe and further afield.

As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia ViVA among others.

In 2010 she won the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Wigmore Hall Prize and in 2008 the prestigious Prix Maurice Ravel at the Academie Internationale de Musique Ravel in France.

Committed to chamber music, Alexandra has collaborated with the Belcea, Elias, Idomeneo and Sacconi quartets, and violinist Alina Ibragimova at venues including Wigmore Hall and the City of London Festival.

Tickets for the event at DLWP are £29.50/£23.50/£15.

For booking and information call 01424 229111 or visit www.dlwp.com.