Saturday 13 Feb 2016, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Venue Box Office: 01234 718112

Ben Gernon conductor

Joseph Moog piano

Beethoven Overture, The Creatures of Prometheus

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

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Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Enthralling, passionate, rapturous, Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto is a wild Cossack-ride through virtuoso territory that leaves audiences breathless in its wake. Incredibly, when Tchaikovsky first showed it to his mentor Nikolay Rubinstein, he was told that only 'two or three pages' were worth preserving! Meanwhile, Sibelius reportedly held that his music was as 'pure cold water' as opposed to the 'manufactured cocktails' of some other composers. Fittingly, Sibelius found inspiration for his Second Symphony while going on long walks, communing with nature and immersing himself in the rugged landscapes of Northern Finland.