The Hallé

Friday 1 October 7:30pm Classical Music
Tickets £11.50 to £37.50

Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Running time: 2 hours

Important Information

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

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Sir Mark Elder conductor
Dame Imogen Cooper piano

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Thea Musgrave Song of the Enchanter
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Vaughan Williams’ multi-layered masterpiece for double string orchestra offers a visionary opening to our new season before a welcome visit to Nottingham by pianist Dame Imogen Cooper. She’ll be performing Ravel’s jazz-tinged Piano Concerto in G, inspired partly by the composer having met George Gershwin. It’s a dazzling example of his ingenuity as an orchestrator, from the tender cor anglais solo in the sublime slow movement to the scurrying bassoon in its helter-skelter finale. Thea Musgrave’s homage to Sibelius provides an atmospheric entrée to the Finnish composer’s Second Symphony, which enjoys such popularity today that it’s hard to appreciate how daringly unconventional it was in 1901. It’s also where we find Sibelius at his most overtly Romantic, not least in the majestic finale, as upbeat and radiant as he ever gets.

For this concert, the choir stalls are being used by the orchestra to separate one of the string groups in Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia, so bargain seats (available at £9.50 each from 12pm on 1 October) are being made available elsewhere, in the rear stalls and Tier 2. Please call the box office on 0115 989 5555 for more details.


Season Ticket and Multibuy Package Discounts
12 Concerts – Save 30%
10 -11 Concerts – Save 25%
7 – 9 Concerts – Save 20%
5 – 6 Concerts – Save 15%
3 – 4 Concerts – Save 10%

Groups 10+
Save 20% off full price tickets, excluding £9.50 and £11.50 seats. Please contact our Group Sales team on 0115 721 0622 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 721 0622 to book.

Family and Friends Ticket
£64 for up to 4 people (maximum of 2 adults and £6 for each additional child), excluding £9.50 and £11.50 seats, includes a free programme. Please note: We welcome children aged 7+ to Nottingham Classics concerts.

Go Card Holders
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 (excludes £11.50 seats).
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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:
Sir Mark Elder introduces the programme.