Inspired by Euripedes The Trojan Women, and the voice of soprano Rachel Nicholls, Nicola LeFanu's
new orchestral song cycle with words by poet John Fuller, The Crimson Bird,
receives its world premiere performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
at the Barbican Centre in February 2017. The Crimson Bird
was made possible by the award of the Royal Philharmonic Society Elgar Bursary
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor | Ilan Volkov
Soprano | Rachel Nicholls
The programme will also feature Schrecker
'Nachtstück' from Der ferne Klang.
and RachmaninovSymphony No.3.The Elgar Bursary
was set up by the surviving members of Sir Edward Elgar’s family using the royalties of Anthony Payne’s elaboration of Elgar’s sketches for the unfinished Third Symphony. Elgar enjoyed a long and fruitful association with the Royal Philharmonic Society, which now administers the bursary. The Elgar Bursary has the specific intention of supporting the work of mature composers (over the age of 29) by providing financial support to allow for the creation of a new work which may push back musical boundaries, but not at the expense of accessibility and integrity: in short, a work of which Edward Elgar himself might have approved.