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The Hallé - Sir Mark Elder

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Running time: Doors: 6pm. Approx. running time: Set 1: 7.30pm - 8.15pm, 20 minute interval, Set 2: 8.35pm - 9.35pm

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

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Sir Mark Elder              conductor
Stephen Hough            piano

Brahms                          Piano Concerto No. 1
Butterworth                 
A Shropshire Lad
Elgar                             
Enigma Variations

You don’t often hear concerts by two knights, but this starry Hallé performance unites Sir Mark Elder with Sir Stephen Hough for a concert that mirrors the preceding Philharmonia concert on 1 May. This time it’s Brahms’s more fractious First Piano Concerto that provides the first half of this performance. Bearing the imprint of Beethoven, whose heir he’d be proclaimed by his mentor Robert Schumann, the tempestuous opening of this expansive masterpiece also reflects the trauma of Schumann’s attempted suicide and his platonic love for Schumann’s wife, Clara.

Two emotive English classics complete the programme. Poignancy colours Butterworth’s heartfelt orchestral rhapsody, A Shropshire Lad, which, although written just before the First World War, seems to prefigure the national sense of loss, including his own untimely death. Elgar’s Enigma Variations embraces a much wider range of moods, transforming its ‘mystery’ theme into a vibrant portrait gallery of his friends, all brilliantly characterised by his unrivalled ear for orchestral colours. As you’d expect from Elgar, there’s great grandeur but also huge affection, not least in its magnificent centrepiece, Nimrod, arguably the most stirring sound to have emerged from these isles.

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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.

Under 26s
Ticket £5 (excluding £11.50 seats). To purchase these tickets you must be 26 or under at the time of booking. 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

6.20pm in the auditorium: Sir Stephen Hough in conversation

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