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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

May 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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To close this year’s Festival we are delighted to welcome back the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Stephen Barlow.

Stephen Barlow is well known to Festival audiences but is especially known as an operatic conductor. He is joined by Claire Barnett-Jones, for a performance of Wagner’s Wesendonk Leider, his only song cycle, a setting of poems by his mistress Mathilde Wesendonk which were composed during the height of their passionate love affair, at the same time as Tristan und Isolde. Like the opera, the songs are incredibly beautiful and filled with fiery longing and passionate desire.

After the interval, we will hear Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, building on the cycle which started in 2022 with Symphony No. 5 and last year with Symphony No. 1. The second symphony is full of Finnish national character which Sibelius himself described as “a struggle between death and salvation” and “a confession of the soul”. 

Sponsored by
Mrs Rosamond Brown
Kilfinan Trust


Claire Barnett-Jones mezzo soprano
Stephen Barlow conductor

(NB Christine Rice is unfortunately unwell so is unable to sing, we’re grateful to Claire Barnett-Jones for agreeing to replace her.)


£50 / £35 / £25
(includes £1.25 Corn Exchange booking fee per ticket)
Free for Under 30s


Date: May 25
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Event CategoryChoral & Vocal, Orchestral
Address: St Nicolas Church, West Mills
Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5HG United Kingdom

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