Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by: Greenham Trust
Opening work commission supported by:
RVW Trust, Philharmonia Orchestra and Three Choirs Festival

Ed Gardner (c) Benjamin Ealovega/Sheku Kanne-Mason (c) Glen Thomas

St Nicolas Church


Philharmonia Orchestra

Saturday 12th May, St Nicolas Church Newbury RG14 5HG
7.30pm (ends approx 9.15pm)



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Edward Gardner conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello
Hannah Kendall Baptistry
Elgar Cello Concerto
Elgar Sospiri
Schumann Symphony No. 1, Op.38 Spring


The Festival is delighted to celebrate the opening night of its 40th anniversary with a specially commissioned work by young composer Hannah Kendall.


For the opening of the 40th Spring Festival, what better work to include than Schumann’s uplifting Spring Symphony. This is preceded by Elgar’s Sospiri, written at the outbreak of the First World War, and his monumental Cello Concerto composed after the Armistice, the centenary of which we commemorate this year.


Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, joins Festival favourites the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by world-renowned Edward Gardner, who makes a welcome return to the Festival.


"Gardner is certainly proving to be a very fine Elgarian." Bachtrack


"[Sheku] held the capacity audience spellbound." The Guardian