Mahler 8 in 1984

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is a major undertaking for any orchestra, let alone a non-professional one, but the concert in Symphony Hall on 6 March isn’t the first time that BPO have tackled this enormous work. In 1984, to mark the 25th anniversary of our then Music Director, Kenneth Page, the …

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Orchestra of a Thousand

Not quite, but well over 100 for first rehearsal of Mahler 8 in Elgar Concert Hall at Birmingham University this morning. Thirteen cellos, ten basses, dozens of violins and violas, double everything and more in wind and brass. The thousand will come when we add the combined choirs in a few …

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