After the orchestra’s striking innovations of 2017 – the revolutionary ‘Waterworks’ concert experience in collaboration with Sunbeam Productions, plus the first ever memorised performance of Stravinsky’s The Firebird– 2018 was another landmark year for the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, not least because we were celebrating ten years since the orchestra’s foundation.
Our anniversary season kicked off in July with three concerts at the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Bad Kissingen, Germany, where we gave the world premiere of Gediminas Gelgotas’s Violin Concerto with violinist David Nebel, and performed an enthusiastically received school concert. In September we toured Italy, Germany and Poland with ‘Nordic Pulse’, a new programme celebrating both our tenth anniversary and 100 years since the declarations of independence by Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Poland.
We ended the year with a momentous ‘Waterworks’ tour of the United Arab Emirates in November. This was the orchestra’s first ever tour outside Europe, and the first tour on which the orchestra performed all the music from memory. The immersive ‘Waterworks’ experience thrilled more than 2,800 concert goers at the Dubai Opera and the sold-out Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. In 2018 as a whole, the orchestra performed to a total audience of 10,800 across ten concerts in five countries.
Watch highlights of the September 2018 ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour on our YouTube channel here