'Tipping Points‘ by Rachel Portman - Germany tour in March

'Tipping Points‘ by Rachel Portman -  Germany tour in March
Rachel Portman
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Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, violinist Niklas Liepe and conductor Ingmar Beck will tour Tipping Points by Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman through Germany in March 2024.

The suite for orchestra and solo violin was composed especially for soloist Niklas Liepe. In September 2023, he performed the world premiere with WDR Funkhausorchester, who commissioned the work, and conductor Erina Yashima.

Tipping Points creates a powerful musical appeal for the preservation and beauty of nature. Each of the six movements is introduced by poems that Nick Drake wrote for this work in close collaboration with Portman. The movements are Invocation, Air, Water, Fire, Earth, Epilogue.

The title refers to the tipping points in the global ecosystem, beyond which a system collapse is irrevocable due to the climate crisis. The works starts with a call for mindfulness for change in nature and ends with an urgent epilogue that demands for us to rethink and take active action.

Please find the concert dates below.


March 2 | Die Glocke, Bremen

March 3 | Landesfunkhaus, Hanover

March 14 | Liederhalle, Stuttgart

March 17 | Laeiszhalle, Hamburg

March 19 | Konzerthaus, Karlsruhe

March 20 | Herkulessaal, Munich

March 25 | Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bielefeld

March 26 | Konzerthaus, Berlin

March 27 | Meistersingerhalle, Nuremberg

March 28 | Kurhaus, Wiesbaden

March 31 | Maritim Hotel, Bonn

Tickets and more information


An album featuring Tipping Points and other works by Rachel Portman for violin and orchestra, Leaves and Trees, Flight, On my Planet from The Little Prince, will be released by Sony Classical on April 5. Originally written in a smaller orchestration, Portman arranged those works for solo violin and orchestra for Niklas Liepe.

The third and fifth movements of Tipping Points “Water” and "Earth" are available to stream now.


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