Sunday 20 Oct 2019, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor
Tamara Stefanovich piano
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27, K595
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, Scottish
We all know a holiday helps us feel more creative, but not many of us actually come home and compose a masterpiece people will still be enjoying nearly two centuries later. Mendelssohn did – a visit to the ruins of Holyrood Palace and a hike on the stunning west coast back in 1829 had him brimming with ideas for his Scottish Symphony.
Thursday 24 Oct 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
Elim Chan conductor
Sol Gabetta cello
Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2, Little Russian
Let the music transport you – first to the Suffolk coast in the company of composer Benjamin Britten, then down the river Volga, as Tchaikovsky weaves Russian folk tunes into a symphony. Pause on your journey to hear musical sparks fly as charismatic cellist Sol Gabetta takes on one of the trickiest but most exciting cello concertos in the repertoire.
No need to choose between discovering a Finnish hero, enjoying a night at the ballet, or hearing one of today’s top pianists. We’ve rolled all three into one enticing evening featuring our next Principal Conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
Thursday 7 Nov 2019, 7pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
Frank Strobel conductor
Crouch End Festival Chorus choir
Walton Henry V
“Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and St George’!” With words by William Shakespeare, acting and direction by Laurence Olivier, and music by William Walton played live by the Philharmonia, this groundbreaking 1943 film is a Technicolor treat for cinephiles, Shakespeare fans and curious culture vultures alike.
Thursday 14 Nov 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
Pablo Heras-Casado conductor
Denis Kozhukhin piano
Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Boulanger D'un soir triste
Trade dark autumnal London for the warmth and colour of Andalusia, and watch piano genius Denis Kozhukhin play one-handed. Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand was commissioned by a concert pianist who lost an arm in the First World War but refused to let that stop him.
Thursday 21 Nov 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
Philippe Herreweghe conductor
Thomas Zehetmair violin
Beethoven Overture, The Creatures of Prometheus
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Schubert Symphony No. 5
Schubert was just 19 and, according to his diary, “infatuated with Mozart”, when he composed his Fifth symphony. It’s an astonishing achievement for such a young man, brimming with youthful sunshine and memorable melodies. We’ve paired it with Beethoven’s glorious Violin Concerto, in the hands of one of its all-time great interpreters, Thomas Zehetmair.