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BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Enigma Variations

BBC Hoddinott Hall

11 April 2024




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BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Enigma Variations

11 April 2024

BBC Hoddinott Hall

William Mathias
Harp Concerto

Grace Williams
Sea Sketches

Enigma Variations


BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka  conductor

Catrin Finch  harp

Although written in London, it is a longing for the seas of Barry that inspired Grace Williams’ surging musical seascape, her Sea Sketches. An unmistakable Welshness also pervades William Mathias’ Harp Concerto; with the harp introduced to the audience as an accompanying instrument, reflecting its traditional role withing Welsh music, before assuming a more soloistic position, and quoting the Welsh song Dadl Dau in its closing movement. We’re delighted to welcome Welsh harp sensation, and a regular face with BBC NOW, Catrin Finch to perform.

Striking a balance between the light-hearted and the noble, Elgar’s Enigma Variations is an ingenious collection of musical sketches of his friends and an astute self-portrait - an enigma hidden within the score as each variation is tagged with the initials of the friends’ nicknames. To conduct we’re delighted to welcome back much-loved Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka.

Start time: 7.30pm

Running time: TBC





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