Violinist Simone Lamsma joins the BBC Philharmonic and their new chief conductor John Storgårds with a programme including classic works by Britten and Sibelius alongside Festival featured artist Cassandra Miller.

Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma is respected by critics, peers and audiences as one of classical music’s most striking and captivating musical personalities. She makes her Aldeburgh Festival debut as the soloist in Britten’s Violin Concerto in the first of two Aldeburgh Festival concerts by the BBC Philharmonic. The programme includes Finnish conductor John Storgårds’ interpretation of Sibelius’ famous Symphony No.5 as well as the world premiere of a fantastically colourful orchestration of de Falla’s Fantasia baetica by Francisco Coll, an alumnus of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme.

BBC Philharmonic
John Storgårds
Simone Lamsma

De Falla:
Fantasia baetica (orch. Francisco Coll) (world premiere) (13’)
Violin Concerto, Op.15 (31’)
Cassandra Miller:
La Donna (15’)
Symphony No.5 in E flat, Op.82 (30’)
Crisp clarity and brightly radiant sound, conveying both the rhapsodic fervour and intriguing pensiveness of the music

The New York Times on violinist Simone Lamsma

This performance is being recorded by BBC Radio 3 for future broadcast.