City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Thursday 1 February 7:30pm Classical Music Family Music
Tickets £11.50 to £39.50

Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Running time: Doors open at 6pm. Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes, estimated end time: 9.10pm

Important Information

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

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Eduardo Strausser                   conductor
Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux     

Rossini                                        Overture: La Cenerentola
Rimsky-Korsakov                     The Golden Cockerel
Vaughan Williams                    The Lark Ascending
Stravinsky                                  The Firebird (1919 Suite)

Here’s a concert with a trio of fantastical stories to tell, beginning with literature’s most iconic rags-to-riches tale. Rossini’s overture to his opera Cinderella has all the zest and wit for which he’s famous and provides a lively prelude to the suite from Rimsky-Korsakov’s satirical opera, The Golden Cockerel. Based on a poem by Pushkin, its satirical story of an idiotic Tsar outwitted by a crazy magician, was too close for comfort for the Russian authorities, who banned it until after the composer’s death. Thankfully its atmospheric score, with oriental echoes, was turned into a memorable Suite that captures the opera’s kaleidoscopic craziness.

Igor Stravinsky was one of many Russian composers inspired by Rimsky-Korsakov, and his ballet The Firebird was directly influenced by The Golden Cockerel. Written for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in 1910, it was the breakthrough moment for the young composer. Its brilliant orchestration, particularly its capturing of the spirit of the firebird itself, provides a fascinating counterpart to the other avian presence in this programme. Vaughan Williams’s sublime The Lark Ascending soars high in response to a George Meredith poem, and regularly tops nationwide polls as classical music’s best–loved masterpiece.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Professor Robert Adlington, Royal College of Music, explores representations of birds in classical 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
£68 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.

Under 26s
Ticket £5 (excluding £11.50 seats). To purchase these tickets you must be under 26 at the time of purchase. You may be asked to show your ID on doors to confirm your age.

Teacher Rate
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 under 26 rate of £5 for each student. Please email our Group Sales team or call 0115 989 5555 to book.

Bargain Seats
£9.50 available from 12pm on the day of the concert. By phone 0115 989 5555, online, or at the Box Office counter. Subject to availability.

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