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Deborah Cheetham Yirramboi (Tomorrow)
Elgar Violin Concerto

Sir Andrew Davis conductor and MSO Conductor Laureate
Nicola Benedetti violin and MSO soloist in residence

The concert
British and Australian voices in harmony

2020 GRAMMY Award winner 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).

Running time
55 minutes, no interval.

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