RLPO’s concert for good cause

Nicholas Collon''Photo by Maximilian Baillie
Nicholas Collon''Photo by Maximilian Baillie

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, on Friday, March 28, to perform an all-American concert, with money raised from the concert going towards funding the work of three major UK cancer charities.

Conducted by Nicholas Collon, the concert is entitled I Like To Be In America. It aims to build on the success of a previous charity event in 2011, when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Glorious Gershwin concert raised significant sums for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The beneficiaries of this latest concert will also include Cancer Research UK and Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, and all three charities have worked tirelessly with the Royal Concert Hall to ensure that the concert is a big success.

The effort certainly looks to have paid off, with advance ticket sales indicating a likely sell-out event. Proceeds from the concert – amounting to several thousand pounds – will be shared by the three charities.

The programme is a colourful mix of music written for the stage, screen and concert hall. Aaron Copland’s 1942 ballet score, Rodeo, makes musical hay with its Wild West setpieces whilst America’s rich jazz history runs through the veins of George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, performed by the exceptional British pianist Jonathan Scott.

The cut and thrust of Erich Korngold’s sparkling overture to the classic Errol Flynn movie The Sea Hawk contrasts sharply with Samuel Barber’s poignant Adagio for Strings, before the concert ends with Leonard Bernstein’s feisty, finger-clicking Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

Tickets are £10-£32.50. Call 0115 989 5555.