British Council Thailand in collaboration with the College of Music, Mahidol University, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the British community in Thailand proudly present concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, one of the top orchestras in the world, performing for the first time in Thailand. The concerts are dedicated in memoriam of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as a great music lover and accomplished musician. The programme includes His Majesty’s musical works. BBC Symphony Orchestra concert will perform at Prince Mahidol Hall, College of Music, Mahidol University, on 28th – 29th March 2017, 7 p.m.

Conductor: Edward Gardner

Soloist: Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano

Tickets Price: 10,000, 8,000, 6,000, 5,000, 4,000, 3,000, 2,000, 1,000 Baht

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The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts in the festival each year. The BBC SO is committed to innovative education work and ongoing projects including the BBC’s Ten Pieces, BBC SO Plus Family scheme, which introduces families to classical music with pre-concert workshops and discounted tickets, and the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Chorus.

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Edward Gardner (Conductor) is Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and was Music Director of the English National Opera for eight years until July 2015. Born in Gloucester in 1974, Edward was educated at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music where he studied under the instruction of Colin Metters. He graduated in 2000 and went on to assist Mark Elder at The Hallé Orchestra for three years. During his time at ENO he was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2008 for Best Conductor and in 2009, the Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. In June 2012 Edward was awarded an OBE for his Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Benjamin Grosvenor (Soloist – Piano) The British pianist is internationally recognised for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most strenuous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his musicianship. Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. Benjamin has received Gramophone’s ‘Young Artist of the Year and ‘Instrumental Award’, a Classic Brits ‘Critics’ Award’, UK ‘Critics’ Circle Award’ for Exceptional Young Talent and a Diapason d’Or ‘Jeune Talent’ Award. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and Daniel-Ben Pienaar, where he graduated in 2012 with the ‘Queen’s Commendation for Excellence’ and in 2016 was made a Fellow.


British Council’s Arts and Creative Industries programme is designed to refresh international perceptions of the UK, create international partnerships and forge long-term cultural links. It develops a network of global cultural connections and works with the best of UK arts through a range of events. British Council has partnered with the College of Music, Mahidol University on several occasions such as the Wind Orchestra celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra British Night as well as supporting talents for the participation in the Film, Archive and Music Lab (FAMLAB).