Halle at the double in season

season'Halle Orchestra
season'Halle Orchestra

THE remainder of the Nottingham Classics season will serve up some real musical crackers for audiences at the Royal Concert Hall in the city centre.

The first visitors will see the eagerly-awaited return of Sir Mark Elder and the Halle for a concert on Friday, January 20, that also features soloist Nelson Goerner.

The star pianist from Argentina will join the orchestra for a performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto For The Left Hand, a jazz-inflected written for Paul Wittgenstein, who had lost his right arm in World War One. Also on the programme are Sibelius’s brooding early tone poem En Saga and Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, the Pastoral.

Marin Alsop conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra on February 9 when they play Brahms’s Tragic Overture, Lizst’s first two piano concertos, with hugely acclaimed Stephen Hough as the soloist, plus Dvorak’s Symphony No 7.

There’s another famous soloist paying a visit on February 20 when Tasmin Little takes the violin starring role in Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, alongside the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Vassily Sinaisky.

Also to be performed are Wagner’s exhilarating Prelude To Act Three of Lohengrin, plus Elgar’s much-loved Symphony No 1.

Sinfonia Viva, Nottingham Harmonic Choir and conductor Andre De Ridder perform Handel’s Coronation Anthem: Zadok The Priest and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, among others, on March 28, and then Mahler fans can enjoy Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, as played by the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Juanjo Mena, on April 26.

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra play Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven on May 8 under the baton of Alexander Liebreich and then the Halle return on May 18, again conducted by Sir Mark Elder, for an all-Russian programme.

This features Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture and Symphony No 2, plus Tchaikovsky’s Concert Fantasy for piano and orchestra, and his spectacular 1812 Overture.

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