2015 Europe, June 6: London
A mural backdrop painted by school children throughout London was displayed as the backdrop to a free concert by musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra and music students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The mural represents one of the many cultural exchanges developed as part of the Orchestra’s Tour of Europe, reflecting the largest collection of outdoor murals that fill the City of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The theme of the mural project is “The Liberty Bell, made in Tower Hamlets, at the Bell Foundry, and then shipped to Philadelphia.” Lord Mawson introduces the concert at St. Paul’s Way Trust School in East London, one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. Lord Mawson is leading the regeneration of the School. Photo by Jan Regan.
Philadelphia Orchestra members (seated, l to r) violinists Yayoi Numazawa and Daniel Han, violist David Nicastro, and cellist Ohad Bar-David are joined by musicians from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Photo by Jan Regan.
People of all ages attended the free concert. Photo by Jan Regan.
The Orchestra’s final concert of tour opened with Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and Emanuel Ax. Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre is home to the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Opening in 1951 the Southbank Centre was designed by Robert Matthew and Leslie Martin. The Grade I listed complex is situated on the South Bank of the Thames River. Photo by Jan Regan.
Following the Beethoven performance Yannick sat at the piano with Ax for an encore of Brahms’s Waltz in A major, Op. 39, No. 15. Photo by Jan Regan.
The cello and bass sections of the Orchestra perform during the second half of the concert, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Photo by Jan Regan.
Yannick leaves the stage at the end of the final concert of the Tour. Photo by Jan Regan.
Following the concert there was a champagne reception for the musicians where Yannick thanked them for making this inaugural tour to Europe together one that was very special. Photo by Jan Regan.