60th anniversary concert - Mahler's Symphony No.2 & Matthew Taylor's Symphony No.4* (world première)
Monday 15 May 2017 at 7.30pm
Mezzo soprano: Caitlin Hulcup
Soprano: Kiandra Howarth
.: Epiphoni Consort
.: Pegasus Choir
.: Vox Cordis
Nielsen and Arnold at St John's Smith Square
Monday 3 July 2017 at 7.30pm
Welcome to KSO
Kensington Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 60th anniversary with a gala concert at the Barbican, featuring Mahler’s monumental, transcendental Symphony No.2, ‘Resurrection’, conducted by Russell Keable, principal conductor and music director for more than half of the orchestra’s life. KSO is joined by the combined choral forces of the Epiphoni Consort, Pegasus Choir and Vox Cordis, along with acclaimed soloists mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup and soprano Kiandra Howarth.
The concert opens with the world première of Matthew Taylor’s vigorous and lyrical Symphony No.4, composed especially for KSO with the support of Arts Council England. The single-movement work – written in memory of Taylor’s friend, the late composer John McCabe – falls into three parts: an initial flood of energy, a darkly expressive slower section and a finale that recreates Haydn’s jocular humour before two sets of timpani, in a nod to Nielsen, mark the return of the original theme.
I hope you can join us as we continue our exciting season of concerts.
“Caitlin Hulcup sings with unassailable intensity… it seems that her voice could survive anything” Observer
“I was very impressed by Kiandra Howarth’s incredible voice” Placido Domingo
“For proof that the symphony is alive and well, look no further than [the work of] Matthew Taylor” Gramophone
*with funding provided by Arts Council England