BBC Philharmonic

Thursday 20 October 7:30pm Classical Music
Tickets £11.50 to £38.50

Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Running time: 2 hours, estimated end time: 9.30pm

Important Information

Age Guidance: 7+
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

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Ben Gernon                 conductor
Zlatomir Fung              cello

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Elgar                              Cello Concerto
Walton                          Symphony No. 1

Two outstanding young talents unite for this dramatic programme. The BBC Philharmonic’s former Principal Guest Conductor opens proceedings with Dukas’s cautionary musical tale of the hapless would-be sorcerer whose misuse of magic leads to a domestic tsunami. American cellist Zlatomir Fung has the world at his feet since he won the Gold Medal at last year’s International Tchaikovsky Competition, the youngest competitor to do so in the cello category. For his first visit to Nottingham he brings Elgar’s autumnal Cello Concerto, a poignant farewell to a world blown apart by the First World War.

A different kind of emotional energy drives William Walton’s First Symphony, which reflects the turbulent episodes in his life during its creation. His intense relationships with two women – Imma von Doernberg and Alice Wimborne – define its edge-of-the-seat emotions, from the ratcheting tension of the searing first movement, to the hand-wringing of its fraught slow movement, marked ‘con malinconia’. Finally, in an abrupt shift of mood, Walton ends the symphony with fanfares and an upbeat fugue, revelling in the heraldic brilliance of his greatest ceremonial and film music.

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Groups 10+
Save 20% off full price tickets, excluding £9.50 and £11.50 seats. Please contact our Group Sales team on 0115 989 5555 to book.

Groups 20+
Save 30% off full price tickets, excluding £9.50 and £11.50 seats. Please contact our Group Sales team on 0115 989 5555 to book.

Family and Friends Ticket
£64 for up to 4 people (maximum of 2 adults and £6 for each additional child). You’ll also get a free programme. Please note: We welcome children aged 7+ to Nottingham Classics concerts. Family tickets not available online. Please contact the Box Office on 0115 989 5555 to book.

Go Card
If you’re under 26, or in full-time education, then you can buy selected seats online, in person or by phone for just £5 each with our FREE Go Card scheme (excluding £11.50 seats). 

Teacher’s Go Card
If you’re a teacher/university lecturer or a trainee teacher, then you and one guest can hear any Nottingham Classics concert for half price (excluding £11.50 seats). You can also make group bookings for your students and get the Go Card rate of £5 for each student ticket. To apply for a Teacher’s Go Card, or to book school parties, call the box office on 0115 989 5555 or email

Bargain Seats
£9.50 available from 12pm on the day of the concert, subject to availability.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium:
Ben Gernon in conversation.