Qatar UK 2013: BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform at the Katara today and tomorrow

September 30, 2013 9:37 am

 Qatar UK 2013 BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform at the Katara today and tomorrow

Doha 30th September 2013:  The London based BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBCSO) will perform at the Katara Opera House today and tomorrow. This is the very first visit of the orchestra to Doha in its 83-year history and is a part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture celebrations.

The famous orchestra will perform two concerts, the very best of British classical music by three of England’s finest composers. Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, the performance will include Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1, which is a favourite of audiences, Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony number two.

Paul Hughes, General Manager, BBC Symphony Orchestra says: “The opportunity to visit Qatar for the first time, and being part of the exciting Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture is a great honour for the BBCSO. We look forward to new audiences and hope this will be just the beginning of a long relationship between the orchestra and the people of Qatar.”

Hamad Al-Eida, spokesperson for Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the BBC Symphony Orchestra to Doha as part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. The fact that 2013 makes it Britten’s 100th anniversary, makes this visit even more special. This event is a true testament of the cultural diplomacy that the Year of Culture has nurtured; by creating long lasting relationships for individuals and institutions alike and the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s first visit to Qatar reflects this.”

Qatar UK 2013, which is coordinated by the British Council and the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in association with several other partners, is a year of events to celebrate and develop the partnership between Qatar and the United Kingdom.


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