The violin was Elgar’s own instrument and his Violin Concerto is almost like a personal confession, expansive and compelling.
Written whilst Dvořák was in the USA and struggling with homesickness, his Cello Concerto is not only filled with longing for home but also a more deeply personal anguish.
Before he turned to composition, Sibelius had attempted to carve out a career as a violinist. He never truly left his first love behind and his concerto for violin is the only one he ever wrote.
Poulenc's transcendent Stabat mater and Fauré’s serene Requiem - two beautiful, tranquil choral works for Good Friday that speak directly to the heart.
Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen conducts this all-English programme, featuring what is, quite simply, one of the Nation's best-loved classics and Vaughan Williams' oboe concerto, performed by Ramon Ortega Quero.
Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin was one of the biggest hits of an already highly successful compositional career. This concert's highlights will include Tatyana’s Act I ‘Letter Aria’ – one of the most intense solo scenes ever written for the soprano voice.
An intoxicating evening of music to tell stories by, by three orchestrators who bring every colour to dazzling life. A virtuosic violin takes up the storyteller’s role in Scheherazade, opening a mesmeric book of hedonistic musical adventures, magical encounters and – of course – love.