Ballads For a Living Planet
31 Jan 2009
On April 26th the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra will be going green by staging an Environmental Prom.
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On April 26th the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra will be going green by staging an Environmental Prom, promoted by CIWEM (the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) and the Birmingham Community Foundation at Birmingham’s world famous Symphony Hall
The event will present the world premiere of the complete Ballads for a Living Planet, with music and lyrics by Ian Barnett. This will be the first time that the musical will have been performed in its complete and extended form. The versatility and accessibility of this work allows it to be performed by the widest possible range of choirs using virtually any combination of available instruments, suitable for large ensembles, schools, small choirs and more intimate vocal groups with only modest resources. The Environment Prom performance will have over 250 orchestra and choir members on stage, with Andrew Glen narrating.
Under the baton of Michael Lloyd, The Environment Prom will also feature other environmentally-inspired music such as Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain; extracts from Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite; Respighi’s Pines of Rome; and Vaughan William’s Lark Ascending, with violin soloist, Anna Ovsyanikova. Concert-goers will also be treated to the usual prom favourites, including Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory and Parry’s Jerusalem. The weather’s part in the environment will not be forgotten as the evening is rounded off with an electrifying performance of the Thunder and Lightning Polka by Strauss.
At the end of this joyous evening, bring your flags and hooters for all of the usual prom fair and celebrate our Green and Pleasant Land’.
During the day there will be a free exhibition at the ICC enabling schools to tell how they achieved their Eco Status’. There will be a cash prize for the school that has achieved the most and has the best stand. Money raised from the concert will be used to help schools in less advantaged areas of the city go for Eco Status and educate their students about sustainability and protecting our environment.
Tickets cost from £8.50 and are available to book online
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