On Saturday 8 February, oboist Jennifer Galloway and the BBC Philharmonic give the world premiere performance of A Vision in a Dream, a new oboe concerto from Edward Gregson, at Leeds Town Hall with conductor Ben Gernon. The concerto is based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poem Kubla Khan and is the latest event in a prosperous winter for the composer.
Gregson writes about his new work:
"The concerto nevertheless follows the main narrative of the poem, the soloist acting as both narrator and character portraying. To this end, quotations from the poem have been incorporated into the score and parts so that all the musicians will have a sense of the drama nature of the poem underpinning the musical narrative. Like the poem, the concerto is a highly dramatic work, and although the Oboe is undoubtedly the chief protagonist in the drama, the role that the solo percussionist plays is of great importance."
The orchestra also performs Tchaikovsky’s wondrously romantic Romeo and Juliet overture and Berlioz’s thrilling Symphony fantastique.