The BBC Philharmonic to open the 39th Canary Islands Music Festival

The British orchestra will give two concerts today and tomorrow, 12 January and 13 January, in the auditoriums of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, with compositions by Roberto Gerhard, Benjamin Britten and Maurice Ravel.

The International Music Festival of the Canary Islands (FIMC) raises the curtain today, Thursday, on a programme that will offer nearly 60 concerts on the eight islands of the Canarian Archipelago until 11 February.

The BBC Philharmonic, which will be conducted by the Basque maestro Juanjo Mena and will feature the Korean violinist Clara Jumi-Kang as soloist, will perform tonight (20.00) in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, while tomorrow Friday (20.00) it will do so in the Tenerife Auditorium, in the capital of Tenerife.

According to what was announced, the British band will remember those displaced by wars in the first part of the perfomance and in the second part they will offer a “message of joy” for those affected by the volcano on La Palma.

It was also pointed out that a British broadcaster has dispatched a team to the islands to record these two concerts of its tour of the Canary Islands and then broadcast them across the United Kingdom.

In the first part, the BBC Philharmonic will perform pieces such as Gerhard’s ‘Dances from Don Quixote’ and Britten’s ‘Violin Concerto, op. 15’, in this case with the German-Korean violinist Clara Jumi-Kang. As for the second part of the concert, the idea is to remember what the island of La Palma has suffered with the eruption of the ‘Cumbre Vieja’ and to offer a message of joy to leave the volcano in the past and look for something more “pleasant”.

Therefore, the music of Ravel and a very beautiful programme with ‘Pavana para una infanta difunta’, ‘La Valse’ and the ‘Bolero’ will be played, the latter being an interesting piece with an enormous power to lift the spirits of the whole audience”.

The regional president, Ángel Víctor Torres, wanted to place special emphasis on the “magnificent programme” to be enjoyed by those attending the Festival’s concerts, which will take place on all the islands.

“It is the music festival of the eight islands,” he said, “and it has a programme that each year surpasses the previous one, something that is being conveyed from different international forums, which recognise the progress in quality that is being made”. “The Canary Islands, which represent sun, tourism and beach, also represent music today”, he concluded.

Tickets for the different concerts of the festival are available at, on the auditoriums’ websites and at the box office, with reduced rates for music students and the unemployed.

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