Sinfonia of London

Saturday 19 October 7:00pm Classical Music
Tickets £16.00 to £49.00

Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Running time: Doors: 5.30pm. Running time: 1 hour 50mins, estimated end time: 8.50pm

Important Information

Age Guidance: 7+

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

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John Wilson                            conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason          

Kenneth Hesketh                    Pattersongs
Cello Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 1

It’s been a while since Nottingham’s musical hero, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, last performed in the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham. During that time he’s been wowing audiences in venues across the world, winning numerous awards, performing at the Last Night of the Proms and earning an MBE for his services to British music. For this eagerly-anticipated return to his home city, he joins John Wilson’s all-star Sinfonia of London. Comprising section leaders of many of the UK’s and Europe’s greatest orchestras, it’s rapidly become the hottest ticket in town. Renowned for its expressive flair and knife-edge attack, it’s amassed so many coveted awards with its peerless recordings (including an unprecedented hattrick at the 2024 BBC Music Magazine awards) that its trophy cabinet must be straining under the weight.

Kenneth Hesketh’s witty homage to the tongue-twisting pattersongs of comic opera provides a dynamic opening before Shostakovich’s late period Second Cello Concerto marks a shift in mood into an intense and haunting soundworld with echoes of Mahler. Sheku’s commitment and close connection with the music of Shostakovich promises an unforgettable performance. Rachmaninov’s First Symphony almost sank without trace after a disastrous premiere at the hands of the allegedly drunk conductor, Glazunov. Nowadays it’s widely praised as Rachmaninov’s most dramatic Symphony. Echoing the fateful atmosphere of Tchaikovsky’s late symphonies, it’s a potent mix of smouldering energy, taut rhythms and, of course, the composer’s gift for great tunes.

Free pre-concert talk, 6pm in the auditorium: Sheku Kanneh-Mason in conversation.

Season Ticket Holders
Please note: this concert is not part of the Nottingham Classics Orchestral Series but season ticket holders can claim their 30% discount if they add it to their booking.

Groups 10+
Save 20% off full price tickets, excluding £12 and £16 seats. Please contact our Group Sales team on 0115 989 5555 to book.

Groups 20+
Save 30% off full price tickets, excluding £12 and £16 seats. Please contact our Group Sales team on 0115 989 5555 to book.

Under 26s and full-time students
Tickets £5 each. To purchase these tickets, you must be 26 or under or a full-time student at the time of booking. You may be asked to show your age ID / student ID on doors to confirm your age.

 Bargain Seats
These are available in the choir stalls at £12 and can be purchased from 12pm on the day of the concert online, by phone, or at the box office counter. Please note that these seats are subject to availability.


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