WSO: Sarah-Jane Bradley

Sarah-Jane Bradley: Byronic Inspirations
Lord Byron’s writings had a huge effect upon European artists and composers. Berlioz, who died 150 years ago, in March 1869, responded to Byron’s Childe Harold with one of his orchestral masterpieces – Harold in Italy with its virtuosic solo viola part.

Sarah-Jane Bradley has performed and recorded a large number of Viola Concertos for both the BBC and the Dutton-Epoch label: amongst the latter is a recording of the Arthur Benjamin Viola Concerto with the RSNO conducted by John Gibbons. She has also recorded William Alwyn’s Pastoral Fantasia on the Naxos Label – a beautiful pastoral work that can rank alongside The Lark Ascending and On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring for its delicate evocation of the English countryside.

Southern France is the setting for Alphonse Daudet’s play L’Arlésienne which opened in 1872 with incidental music by Bizet, a composer most known for the opera Carmen. The hugely popular suites totally eclipsed the original play and movements are regularly played on classical music radio stations.

The concert opens with the spectacular Joyeuse Marche by Chabrier and includes
the delicate favourite Clair de Lune by Debussy.

No upcoming performances.