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Explore our past concerts!

In our past concerts Odyssey Festival Orchestra has showcased our young and talented musicians and captivated audiences with our beautiful performances. On this page, you can discover our previous projects including the programmes and complete recordings of the concerts. Check out the videos below and relive the magic!

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Lollipops and Blood

2nd May 2024, 7.30pm  
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Lollipops and Blood, An Evening with Sir Thomas Beecham

Mozart - Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor 

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Handel - The gods go a-begging Suite arr. Beecham
Delius - La Calinda from Koanga

Smyth - Overture to The Boatswain's Mate

Saint-Saëns - Bacchanale from Samson and Delila                

Strauss - Salome's Dance and Closing scene from Salome

 

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879–1961), 2nd Bt by Bernard Munns, photo credit: Wadham College, University of Oxford, CC BY-NC-ND

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Every Tree Speaks to Me!

11th January 2024, 7.30pm  

Cadogan Hall, London, SW1X 9DQ

Every Tree Speaks to Me! How the Natural World influenced composers

Beethoven - Symphony No 6                   

Wagner - Forest Murmurs from Siegfried Act 2

Janáček - Suite from The Cunning Little Vixen

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Astonish Me!

20th September 2023, 7.30pm  

Cadogan Hall, London, SW1X 9DQ

An exploration of repertoire inspired by two dancers, Vaslav Nijinsky and Leonid Massine,  and commissioned by the great impresario Diaghilev and his Ballet Russes.

Weber (orch Berlioz 1841) (1911) Invitation to the Dance

Stravinsky Suite from Petrushka (1911) 

Ravel Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No 2 (1909)

Respighi Suite from La Boutique Fantasque

Stravinsky Pulcinella (excerpts) (1920)

De Falla Three Cornered Hat, Suite No 2 (1919)

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The Joker

10th May 2023, 19:30 

Cadogan Hall, London, SW1X 9DQ

Shostakovich:

Overture: The Nose Op. 15 (1928)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor Op. 35 (1933) 

Orchestral Fragments from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Op. 29 (1934)

Suite from The Clear Stream Op. 39a (1935)

Symphony No. 5 Op. 47 (1937)

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The Last Waltz

13 January 2023, 19:30

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Sir David Suchet Narrator

Sebastian-Benedict Flore Piano

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales and La Valse

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris

Legendary actor Sir David Suchet joins Odyssey Festival Orchestra to explore the clash of high art music and jazz in the 1920s, featuring four works by Ravel and Gershwin. The four orchestral works by Maurice Ravel and George Gershwin are framed by a narrative drawn from the writings of the two composers.

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Prometheus - Romantic Superhero

15 September 2022, 19:30

Cadogan Hall, London, SW1X 9DQ

Dame Janet Suzman and Luke Wilson, narrator

Beethoven: Excepts from Prometheus and Symphony no. 3, 'Eroica'

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