On 21 October 2017, the BBC Symphony Orchestra will explore music spanning Julian Anderson’s entire output in one of their Total Immersion days. Featuring over ten works across three concerts, as well as talks and a film screening, the day will be the largest retrospective of Anderson’s music to date.

The BBC Singers under Nicholas Kok will present a number of choral works, including the Four American Choruses, whilst students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (where Anderson is a Professor of Composition and also Composer in Residence) perform Poetry Nearing Silence and The Colour of Pomegranates.


The day culminates in a concert by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner – the conductor who oversaw the premiere of Thebans, Anderson’s critically acclaimed opera, back in 2014. Fantasias, his 23-minute orchestral showpiece abounding in vivid contrasts, will be heard alongside Eden, Imagin’d Corners, In lieblicher Bläue and Symphony.