Saturday 15 Feb 2020, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Philharmonia Box Office : 020 7921 3907

Angus Webster conductor

Timothy Ridout viola

Opener TBC

Walton Viola Concerto [1962 rev. version]


Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica

The greatest symphony of all time is paired with the greatest viola concerto ever written, in an evening of virtuosity and intense musical storytelling.

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony’s themes of struggle and triumph have been interpreted as autobiographical – Beethoven had begun to go deaf, but had overcome his initial despair and determined to find hope and purpose in his art. One of the first fruits of his decision was this glorious, groundbreaking piece, voted top in a 2016 poll of over 150 leading global conductors.

In the first half, experience Walton’s fiery Viola Concerto – a piece so popular at its premiere that The Guardian’s critic said that it was tempting to call the concerto the best thing in recent music of any nationality.


  • Prices: £38; £32; £26; £22; £14
  • Discounts: subscription discounts available; under-16s and concession discounts available
  • Running time: 115 minutes, including 20-minute interval
  • Recommended age: from 7+