Musical Excursions

Things to do, Concerts

Louis Perera's second year of studies at the Royal Northern College of Music saw him make his British début as concerto soloist, playing Mozart's C minor Piano Concerto with the Burnley Orchestra.

An aspiring orchestral conductor as well as a pianist, Louis presents his first concert as a conductor, Musical Excursions, with an orchestra of thirty-four musicians hand-picked by him for the occasion. 

The eclectic programme will feature three of the 20th Century's most enchanting works for orchestra: Ravel's nostalgic Pavane travels back in time to the Spanish Renaissance, while the sinuous minor-key melodies and dance rhythms in Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes are typical of Jewish Klezmer music; Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances, composed of seven tunes he collected during one of his many folk music expeditions, transport even the inexperienced listener to the wondrous sights and smells of Transylvania.  

Louis will also perform the aforementioned concerto by Mozart, directing the orchestra from the piano.

The concert concludes with Beethoven's First Symphony: written and published at the turn of the 19th Century, this rousing masterpiece proclaimed Beethoven's talents to Vienna, and indeed, to the rest of the world.