Haydn's oratorio The Creation is not only one of the composer's most popular pieces, but is also one of the most vividly descriptive pieces of classical music there is. Each aspect of the story is brilliantly brought to life by Haydn's expressive music - you can really hear the black emptiness before the First Day, the lion leaping and experience the heat of the sun as it rises - and the added contrast and texture of period instruments only adds to the effect.
A wonderful way to start the new year.
Royal Festival Hall at 5.45pm - OAE Extras. A look at the vivid musical descriptions in The Creation with Richard Wigmore - is it 'programme music' before its time? Free.
Royal Festival Hall post concert - The Aftershow. Join artists after the concert for an informal discussion and Q&A.
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road
London Greater London United Kingdom SE1 8XX