• 2+afl(pic).2+ca.2+bthn(Ebcl)+bcl.3(III/cbn)/6431/timp.5perc/2hp.pf.cel(hpd)/str
  • SATB
  • 57 min
    • 10th June 2023, The O2 Academy, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    • 15th July 2023, O2 Guildhall, Southampton, United Kingdom
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Programme Note

I: Adagio misterioso - Allegro con brio - Maestoso - Misterioso - Allegro (10:33)
Radio Ga Ga, The Show Must Go On, One Vision, I Was Born To Love You

II: Allegretto - Allegro scherzando - Tranquillo (7:31)
Love Of My Life, Another One Bites The Dust, Killer Queen

III: Adagio (7:13)
Who Wants To Live Forever, Save Me

IV: Allegro vivo - Moderato cantabile - Cadenza - Tempo primo (9:48)
Bicycle Race, Save Me

V: Andante doloroso - Allegretto - Alla marcia - Moderato risoluto - Pastorale - Maestoso (12:54)
Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Who Wants To Live Forever?

VI: Adagio (9:11)
We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, Who Wants To Live Forever?

The Queen Symphony is based on several well-known melodies from the rock band Queen (its classic line-up of performers was Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon).

Tolga Kashif conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the premiere of The Queen Symphony in November 2002 at the Royal Festival Hall and broadcast on ABC TV to a wide European audience. After being recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 2002, The Queen Symphony was nominated Album of the Year in the 2003 Classical Brit Awards.

In 2003 Kashif directed the Northern Sinfonia in UK tours with Lesley Garrett. In 2004 it received US and Dutch premieres. Kashif conducted its Turkish premiere at the International Izmir Festival. He also directed the piece in Australia with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conducted a UK tour in 2007.