Wilson serves up the full English

Conductor John Wilson
Conductor John Wilson

The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will provide the first classical performance of the year in the Nottingham Classics season on Thursday, January 23.

The orchestra will be conducted by John Wilson, one of the star names in British classical music.

He has made a name for himself at the Proms for arranging and conducting some classic music from the golden age of musicals and Hollywood, with his own hand-picked orchestra, to great acclaim.

But he is also renowned for his conducting work within the field of British classical music. This concert will feature works by three of the leading English composers of the 20th century.

First up will be three of Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance Marches.

The composer wrote five of them with a unfinished sixth completed after his death.

Number one needs no introduction and number four is also familiar, but the others are worth exploring, as you will find out in this concert.

William Walton’s Cello Concerto is also to be performed by the CBSO, with star soloist Paul Watkins.

It is an expressive work, combining bittersweet lyricism with rhythmic agility.

The concert concludes with Vaughan Williams’s A London Symphony, the second in his cycle of nine symphonic works.

It is a highly evocative musical portrait of the city in its many moods.

Ticket details are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.