The Hallé

Tuesday 26 November 7:30pm Classical Music
Tickets £12.00 to £41.00

Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Running time: Doors: 6.00pm. Running time:1 hour 50mins, estimated end time: 9.20pm

Important Information

Age Guidance: 7+

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

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Thomas Adès              conductor
Stephen Waarts         violin

Sibelius                       Symphony No. 7
Rautavaara                 Deux Serenades
                            Air – Homage to Sibelius (for violin and orchestra)
Sibelius                       Symphony No. 5

The Hallé’s multi-faceted Artist-in Residence, Thomas Adès conducts this atmospheric programme centred on Finland’s greatest composer, which features two of his greatest symphonies as well as a pair of pieces influenced by him. Einojuhani Rautavaara was a protégé of Sibelius and his Deux Serenades, is a gleaming example of his seductively Romantic style. Here it’s performed by the remarkable American violinist Stephen Waarts, who made a huge impression here a couple of seasons ago when stepping in to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at short notice. He also performs Adès’ homage to Sibelius, a compact, free-form concerto, in which the stratospheric solo violin soars over a restless orchestra in a serene reverie.

The concert’s two bookending Sibelius symphonies reflect his tendency in his career towards more and more concise forms. His Seventh – and final – Symphony was fashioned into one thrillingly organic movement, exploring a vast emotional range in just over twenty minutes. More expansive but still closely focused, his Fifth Symphony remains hugely popular owing to its unerring pacing and evocative, clean-textured melodies. The most famous of these – the radiant ‘swan hymn’ that ends the Symphony – proclaims as moving and emphatic a finale as you’ll ever hear.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Dr Sophie Redfern introduces the programme.

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3–4 concerts – save 10%

Groups 10+
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Groups 20+
Save 30% off full price tickets, excluding £9.50 and £12 seats.  Please email our Group Sales team or call 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
Tickets £9.50 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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