Welcome to the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2019/20 season.
Bringing together brilliant artists with some of the greatest music ever written, there is something for everyone to be thrilled, inspired or challenged by in the seven concerts and free talks.
Friday 25 October, 7pm
ELIM CHAN: TCHAIKOVSKY & SHOSTAKOVICH
THE LORD MAYOR’S CONCERT
Elim Chan conductor
Sol Gabetta cello
BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes, from Peter Grimes
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2, Little Russian
Wednesday 20 November, 7pm
BEETHOVEN & SCHUBERT
Philippe Herreweghe conductor
Thomas Zehetmair violin
BEETHOVEN Overture, The Creatures of Prometheus; Violin Concerto
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5
Tuesday 14 January, 7pm
SALONEN CONDUCTS THE FIREBIRD
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay violin
STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
STRAVINSKY The Firebird
Sunday 1 March, 7.30pm
(Please note later start time)
SHOSTAKOVICH & BRAHMS
Alpesh Chauhan conductor
Valentina Lisitsa piano
TCHAIKOVSKY Fantasy Overture, The Tempest
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
Wednesday 1 April, 7pm
HERAS-CASADO: POEMS AND PAINTINGS
Pablo Heras-Casado conductor
Daniel Kharitonov piano
BOULANGER D’un soir triste
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
MUSSORGSKY arr. RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition
Friday 1 May, 7pm
DVORÁK & MENDELSSOHN
Gergely Madaras conductor
Andrei Ionita cello
MENDELSSOHN Overture in C Major
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8
Friday 22 May, 7pm
SANTTU-MATIAS ROUVALI: SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO. 5
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Nemanja Radulović violin
KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5
£37.50 £30.50 £24.50 £18.50 £13.50
Students and Under 25s £6 (not available on top price tickets)
Limited number of half price tickets for those in receipt of Pension Credit and Universal Credit (proof will be required)
Subscription packages available. To book, call 0116 233 3111 or visit the De Montfort Hall box office in person - we regret subscription bookings cannot be made online.
Sunday 15 March 3pm
BARDI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FAMILY CONCERT
Richard Laing guest conductor and host
Stephen Calow tuba
Tom Redmond from BBC Radio 3 Compere & Narrator
Join the Bardi in a fantastic family-friendly afternoon concert to hear all about the instruments of the Symphony Orchestra!
A feast of popular classical and film music with Guest Conductor Richard Laing and young local Tuba soloist Stephen Calow. To take us through the instruments of the symphony orchestra the afternoon will be hosted and narrated by the very popular presenter and animateur Tom Redmond from BBC Radio 3.
The concert will include Benjamin Britten’s brilliant Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and George Kleinsinger‘s Tubby the Tuba, both with Tom as our narrator. Two wonderful musical masterpieces for all ages!
A concert for all the family, and especially for all you budding young musicians. Don’t miss it!
Minimum age 5+ please
Pre-concert talk at 2pm
Sunday 17 May 3pm
Claus Efland conductor
Lydia Shelley cello
ELGAR Serenade for Strings
ELGAR Cello Concerto
ELGAR Symphony No.1
Pre-concert talk at 2pm
The Bardi’s De Montfort Hall season finale sees three works showing different sides of one of England’s greatest composers, Sir Edward Elgar. The first half has the delightful String Serenade contrasting strongly with the passionate and powerful Cello Concerto. The mighty First Symphony brings the concert to a magnificent conclusion with one of Elgar’s most inspired themes.
Tickets £19 £17 £12
Concessions £17.50 £15.50 £10.50
Under 18s NUS £3
With the celebrated Korean soprano Elena Dee and Alyona Kistenyova
Back by overwhelming public demand. Directed by Ellen Kent, this brand new production is traditionally staged and features beautiful sets and costumes.
La Boheme is one of the most romantic operas ever written. It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer.
The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include, a local brass band, snow effects and Muzetta’s dog will also make an entrance.
This classic tale of Parisian love and loss features many famous arias including Your Tiny Hand is Frozen, They Call Me Mimi and Muzetta’s Waltz.
"Authentic, tender and passionate." Daily Telegraph
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
*Cast subject to change.
£38 £31 £23
Concessions £36 £29 £21
Save 20% off top price tickets when booking both operas
Early bird offer £5 off top 2 prices book by August 31
The Leicester Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1922 by Dr (later Sir) Malcolm Sargent, then a local parish organist and chorus master. The orchestra continues the Sargent tradition of recruiting talented local players and bringing to Leicester soloists of international calibre and fame, to give the people of Leicester symphonic music of the highest possible standard.
Sunday 23 February 3pm
Rainer meets the LSO
Join comedian and conductor Rainer Hersch as he does his best to direct the Leicester Symphony Orchestra! Expect the 1812 Overture, Bizet Carmen Overture, Ravel Bolero plus more fun and tricks than a conductor can wave a stick at.
In association with Leicester Comedy Festival.
Sunday 7 June 3pm
Leicester Symphony Orchestra
John Andrews conductor
Fenella Humphries soloist
NIELSEN Helios Overture
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
BRAHMS 2nd Symphony
Free pre-concert talk at 2pm with the soloist
Tickets £19 £15
Under 25s NUS £5 Family £35
All 3 LSO concerts £50 £38 Groups buy 10 get 1 free