If it’s good enough for Wagner, it’s good enough for usThe Philharmonia Orchestra is currently in residence at the Southbank Centre, and it’s kicking off the new season with a bang. An 80-strong choir, three soloists, and the orchestra fill out the stage tonight, as they perform Berlioz’s choral symphony Romeo and Juliet. This is a beast of musical drama, with gathering waves of crescendo that collapse at the right moment. When it was first performed in 1839, it deeply affected a certain Mr Wagner, and is often cited as influencing his own magnum opus, Tristan und Isolde. A dramatic piece not to be missed.
Seating allocated on arrival.