Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega

Maverick Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto made a memorable Proms debut in 2016. Now he returns to premiere a new violin concerto written especially for him by award-winning young British composer Philip Venables.

The piece grows out of a recording the composer found of himself as a teenager playing one of Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches to his teacher’s teacher, Rudolf Botta, a Hungarian refugee – and the journey that ensued.

The concerto is framed by two works suffused with sunny optimism – Elgar’s lovely Introduction and Allegro for strings and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a piece that rejoices in ‘the strength and beauty of the human spirit’.

  • Date: 17 August 2018
  • Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP Box Office 020 7589 8212
  • Time: 19:30
  • Tickets: £7.50 to £41
  • Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/evv4mb