Prince Charles Commissions Piano Concerto in Memory of Queen Mother; Lang Lang to Play Premiere

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The Prince of Wales has commissioned a piano concerto in memory of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

The new work is written by film and television composer Nigel Hess and will be premiered by the renowned pianist Lang Lang at a July concert dedicated to the Queen Mother. The event is organized by Music in Country Churches, a charitable trust of which the Prince is patron. (The announcement from Clarence House, the Prince's residence and office, did not specify the exact date or location.)

The 23-minute concerto is split into three movements, each of which reflects key aspects of the Queen Mother's personality.

The new concerto is is the second score to be commissioned by Prince Charles in memory of his grandmother, who died in 2002 at the age of 101. The first, Reflections on a Scottish Folksong, was a 27-minute work for solo cello and orchestra by Richard Rodney Bennett; it was premiered by the Philharmonia Orchestra and cellist Paul Watkins in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in March of last year.

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