LeFanu: The Crimson Bird, RPS Elgar Bursary Commission

19 Jan 2017

Friday 17 February at 7.30pm, Barbican Hall 

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov, gives the world premiere of Nicola LeFanu’s first large orchestral work in 30 years, The Crimson Bird, at the Barbican on February 17th. Composing The Crimson Bird was made possible by the award of the Royal Philharmonic Society Elgar Bursary. 

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Anthony Payne, composer: commissions include three orchestral works for the BBC Proms, and the internationally acclaimed completion of Elgar's Third Symphony.


In early Philharmonic Society concerts, players often rotated within their orchestral section, reflecting the orchestra's wealth of performing talent as well as its democratic ethos: no ‘distinction of rank’.