Foyle Future Firsts and the Royal Academy of Music


  • Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments
  • Tania León Ácana
  • Tippett Little Music for String Orchestra
  • Daniels Deep Forest


  • Edward Gardner Conductor
  • Foyle Future First musicians
  • Students from the Royal Academy of Music
  • Members of the LPO

The LPO’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme bridges the transition between education and the professional platform for 16 early-career orchestral musicians each year.

Our current cohort of Future Firsts join forces with students from the Royal Academy of Music and members of the LPO for a vibrant performance conducted by our Principal Conductor, Edward Gardner. The programme features music inspired by trees, including Ácana by our Composer-in-Residence, Tania León. The piece is named after the ácana tree, which grows prolifically in León’s native Cuba, and is prized for its beauty and durability as a building material. Mabel Daniels’s Deep Forest (1931) was inspired by the New Hampshire woods, where American composer Daniels spent several summers. The programme also includes works to highlight the talents of different sections of the ensemble, including Stravinsky’s dazzling Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Tippett’s Little Music for String Orchestra.

This event takes place in the Royal Festival Hall auditorium and is free to attend, with no booking required.

Sat 3 Feb 2024, 6.00pm

Royal Festival Hall

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