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King Olaf

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra
Friday 11 August 2017
Usher Hall

Philharmonia Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Erin Wall Soprano
Robert Dean Smith Tenor
Matthew Rose Bass

World-renowned Elgarian Sir Andrew Davis conducts a rarely heard masterpiece: Elgar's Viking cantata Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf.

In music from rousing battle scenes to touching love songs, this stirring choral spectacular tells the vivid story of ancient Norwegian King Olaf’s battles with the wrathful Norse gods.

Davis is joined by the outstanding Philharmonia Orchestra, a trio of exceptional international soloists and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus to tell Elgar’s unforgettable tale of vengeful gods, warring Vikings and doomed love.

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  • Language: 
    Sung in English with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    1hr 45mins approx (one interval)


Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Supported by

Joscelyn Fox

With additional support from

The Elgar Society



Philharmonia Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Erin Wall Soprano
Robert Dean Smith Tenor
Matthew Rose Bass

Elgar Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf

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Philharmonia Orchestra
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Sir Andrew Davis
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Erin Wall
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Robert Dean Smith

Matthew Rose

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Grand circle: £47 £38.50 £29
Stalls: £47 £38.50 £29
Upper circle: £26 £19 £13

Current discounts

Students: 30% OFF
Senior citizens: 30% OFF
Unemployed: 30% OFF
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
Under 18s: 50% OFF
Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF