Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

Alban Gerhardt cello

Leicester University Chamber Choir

Leicester Bach Choir

Smetana Vltava from Má Vlast

Elgar Cello Concerto

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Holst The Planets

The haunting beauty of Elgar’s Cello Concerto sits alongside Holst’s planetary masterpiece. Holst took his inspiration from the astrological rather than the astronomical, journeying through Mars, the apocalyptic ‘Bringer of War’; a tranquil Venus; Mercury’s winged messenger; Jupiter, the stately ‘Bringer of Jollity’; Saturn’s old age, Uranus ‘The Magician’ and finally, a dreamy Neptune, ‘The Mystic’.

1:30pm Free pre-concert talk

This concert is almost sold out. If your preferred seats are now unavailable, why not come and hear Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducting Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (5 Oct), or John Wilson conducting The Planets (9 Nov).

This concert is part of the series