Eternal Blue Horizons

Date: Saturday 30th January 2010 19:30

Venue: The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester


  • Bushra El Turk Mosaic (Premiere)
  • Beethoven Symphony No.6 Pastoral
  • Mahler arr. Schoenber Riehn Das Lied von der Erde

Performed By

  • Douglas Boyd Conductor
  • Jane Irwin Mezzo soprano
  • Peter Wedd Tenor

Study Day, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Join Julian Johnson and Peter Davison to explore the background to Mahler’s Song of the Earth.

BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music, 5pm – 6pm

Recording of programme focussing on Das Lied von der Erde, free to ticket holders.

This concert presents two highly contrasting views of nature and the earth; Beethoven’s sunnily optimistic view of the natural landscape complete with birdsong, a thunderstorm and a village band, and Mahler&s emotional ‘song-symphony&, based on Chinese poetry and meditating on the mysteries of the earth and life after death.

Ticket Prices
£29.00, £26.00, £21.00, £17.00, £10.00

Booking Information

Telephone the Box Office on 0161 907 9000
Part of The Bridgewater Hall&s International Concert Series

This concert is part of a wider celebration of Mahler’s music by the three resident orchestras at The Bridgewater Hall taking place between January and June 2010.As part of the celebration, The Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Camerata present Eternal Blue Horizons, a day devoted to The Song of the Earth, a work which finally achieved Mahler’s lifetime goal: the perfect synthesis of symphony and song. The day includes a discussion of the composer’s work, a BBC Radio 3 Discovering Music event and concludes with a performance by Manchester Camerata of Das Lied von der Erde(chamber version). For more details on Mahler in Manchester 2010 click here.


Inspired by Mahler&s Das Leid von der Erde, Manchester Camerata and The Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust are developing a project for schools across the Northwest to create a new ‘Songbook of the Earth& based on response to the environment. ‘Songbook’ is part of a year-long programme of learning work spanning Chester, The Wirral and Greater Manchester, delivered in collaboration with Chester Festivals and supported by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. In a Camerata first, schools can participate in the Songbook project online, accessing resources and practical support to create their own songs.