NAKHON PATHOM — From the Barbican Centre to metro Bangkok, the BBC Symphony Orchestra will bend their bows and trill their reeds in Thailand for the first time in March.

Considered one of the top orchestras in the world, the London-based orchestra will make a stop on its world tour for two engagements dedicated to the late king who was known as a musician and music lover.

The 87-year-old orchestra will serenade audiences for two nights with King Bhumibol’s Kinari Suite as an overture. The first night will followed by Gary Carpenter’s Dadaville, Britten’s Piano Concerto and Walton’s Symphony No.1. For the second night, audiences will hear Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, as well as Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

Edward Gardner, chief conductor of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic, will conduct, while internationally recognized pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will perform solo.



Tickets are 1,000 baht to 10,000 baht with seating available for guests with disabilities. Early bird discounts for students and group tickets are available until Feb. 14.

Both concerts begin at 7pm on March 28 and 29 at the Prince Mahidol Hall at Mahidol University in Salaya, about an hour’s drive from downtown Bangkok. It can be reached by taxi or shuttle bus from BTS Bang Wa exit Nos. 1 and 2.