20 June 2012 | Return to News
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a world première by Joseph Phibbs in a concert on 22 June with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Basingstoke. Phibbs’ new work, Rivers to the Sea, has been co-commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Anvil, Basingstoke. The programme will also feature Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, and can be heard again in a concert on 28 June at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
On 25 June, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia will perform a concert at the Champs-Elysées Concert Hall in Paris, featuring an all-Bartók programme with The Wooden Prince Suite, Piano Concerto No. 3 with Nikolai Lugansky, and the Concerto for Orchestra. The concert is part of the series Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Béla Bartók. With concerts in 11 European cities, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia explore the life, influences and music of Béla Bartók.
British composer Joseph Phibbs was commissioned by Anvil Arts and the Philharmonia Orchestra to write a new symphonic work for The Anvil, Basingstoke's 18th Birthday celebrations and to mark the continuing relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra as The Anvil's Orchestra in Partnership. The Philharmonia Orchestra's Digital team met with Joseph Phibbs while he was writing his new work, Rivers to the Sea, to get special insight into the composition process.