Wartime classic to be performed

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons.

shostakovich’S epic and electrifying Symphony No 7, ‘the Leningrad’, forms the centrepiece of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s latest concert in Nottingham.

The acclaimed orchestra, and music director Andris Nelsons, will be appearing at the venue on Wednesday, November 9, from 7.30pm.

In the dark days of 1942, while Leningrad was under siege by the invading Germans, Dmitri Shostakovich was writing a symphony that would not only become one of the greatest pieces of music of the 20th century, but would also play a direct part in the battle.

Writing to the sound of air raid sirens and anti-aircraft batteries, Shostakovich immortalised the city’s struggle in a massive masterpiece that is explosive, emotional and defiant. So important was it to the city’s morale that the Russian Army bombarded the German positions to prevent them from disrupting the symphony’s première. And when the first notes sounded, they were fired into no man’s land by a battery of loudspeakers.

Offering some calm before the storm is Mozart’s sublime 4th Violin Concerto, performed by the brilliant Latvian violinist, Baiba Skride.

Tickets are £10-£32 and are available from the box office on 0115 989 5555.