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May 18, 2023 7:30PM • Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra | Dragspil


Conductor Luke Dollman
Accordion James Crabb

Sibelius The Bard
Cresswell Dragspil
Elgar Symphony No.1

Think you know the accordion? You don’t until you’ve heard James Crabb. His breath-taking virtuosity simply redefines the instrument, and his performances are an awe-inspiring experience. One of the many composers to write for him was the late New Zealander Lyell Cresswell, who made a big splash at the BBC Proms in 1995 with Dragspil (Icelandic for ‘accordion’).

Elgar’s towering symphony is the antithesis of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. It’s rich, deeply romantic music by a very emotional man. Sibelius described his mystical tone-poem as ‘something like an ancient Scandinavian ballad from the time of the Vikings’.

Start time

May 18, 2023 7:30PM


Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall