We’re celebrating Tom Coult’s appointment as the BBC Philharmonic’s Composer in Association with a new violin concerto created especially for us – written in response to the stunning RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, performed with soloist Daniel Pioro and conducted by Elena Schwarz, making her debut with the orchestra. We begin with Kurt Weill’s energetic Second Symphony and end with Ravel’s exquisite evocation of childhood.
Daniel Pioro violin | Elena Schwarz conductor
Weill Symphony No. 2
Tom Coult Pleasure Garden (world premiere)
Ravel Mother Goose (complete ballet)
‘Pleasure Garden’ is co-commissioned by the University of Salford/BBC Philharmonic
Tom Coult was appointed Composer to the BBC Philharmonic in May and this season is his debut in the role. Within the role he will compose three new scores for the BBC Philharmonic. His appointment builds on an existing creative relationship with the orchestra, including Sonnet Machine in 2016 which was commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic and premiered at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and Rainbow-Shooting Cloud Contraption which was first broadcast in March on BBC Radio 3.
Tom is the latest in a line of incredible composers to be associated with the BBC Philharmonic including Mark Simpson, H. K. Gruber, James MacMillan and Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. Speaking of the appointment in May, Tom Coult: “I’m so delighted to be Composer in Association with the BBC Philharmonic. I love writing for orchestra – I think of writing music as playing with toys, and the orchestra is the biggest box of toys there is."