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Huw Watkins's Symphony Debuts with the Hallé Orchestra

Mar. 30, 2017

Huw Watkins's <em>Symphony</em> Debuts with the Hallé Orchestra

On April 20 and 21, Sir Mark Elder leads the Hallé Orchestra in the world premiere performances of Huw Watkins’s Symphony, a new 22-minute two-movement work for orchestra. The performances take place at The Bridgewater Hall (April 20, Manchester, UK) and Sheffield City Hall (April 21, Sheffield, UK). 

Despite its title, Watkins's Symphony does not strictly adhere to traditional symphonic forms, but rather explores this great tradition through Watkins’s development of ideas and treatment of the orchestra. The composer writes that, since he was a student "I've followed the Hallé Orchestra quite closely, so it was a particular thrill to be asked to write a new orchestral work for them... the overall impression I hope the piece will generate is one of momentum, excitement and energy."  

View the score of Symphony:

Next month, Watkins's recent Cello Concerto receives a performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and cellist Paul Watkins, led by Tecwyn Evans. The performance takes place May 26 as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival closing concert in Cardiff, Wales. Listen to a broadcast of the world premiere from the 2016 BBC Proms:

For more information on Huw Watkins, visit

Huw Watkins
Symphony (2016)
for orchestra

Cello Concerto (2016)
for cello and orchestra