Classics concerts are on their way

The Halle
The Halle

The Nottingham Classics season is up and running, bringing some of the world’s best orchestras and soloists to the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham over the next few months.

The next offering is to take place on Sunday, October 20, when Stephane Deneve conducts the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in a concert that also features violin soloist Henning Kragerrud.

The concert is given over to two works. The first is Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 5, the ‘Turkish’.

The rest of the evening is given over to Mahler’s massive Sixth Symphony, sometimes known as the ‘Tragic’.

On November 20, the centenary celebrations for one of this country’s greatest composers gather pace with performances of three works by Benjamin Britten.

The Discovering Britten concert is presented by BBC Radio Three’s Stephen Johnson and sees the BBC Phiharmonic in action, conducted by Paul Daniel.

The three works to be performed are the Suite from his 1953 coronation opera Gloriana, the Passacaglia from his breakthrough opera Peter Grimes, and the Sinfonia Da Requiem, a three-movement work written while he was living in America during the early part of the Second World War, and dedicated to the memory of his parents.

On November 27, the Halle return, under the baton of Markus Stenz, and are joined by soloist Lars Vogt to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 9.

The concert also features Beethoven’s First Symphony plus two tone poems by Richard Strauss, namely Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

The Halle will also perform at their Christmas Concert on December 18, conducted by Roderick Dunk.

Many pieces will be played, including Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival overture, Waldteufel’s Skaters’ Waltz, plus works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Faure, Britten, Tchaikovsky, Danny Elfman and Mel Torme.

Singer Lance Ellington will be the featured soloist.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are the visitors on January 23, for an all-English concert to be conducted by John Wilson.

Th e CBSO will play Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March Nos 3, 4 and 5, Walton’s Cello Concerto - with soloist Paul Watkins - and Vaughan Williams’ London Symphony.

Later in the season, Sinfonia Viva will play Sibelius and Mendelssohn on February 12, and the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra visit on March 7.

They will play Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 1, Koday’s Dances of Galanta and Dvorak’s Symphony No 8.

Finally, on March 28, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play an all-American concert of works by Copland, Gershwin, Barber and Bernstein.

Tickets for all of these concerts are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.