Orchestral music offers something for everyone, but it can be difficult to know where to begin
If you fancy giving classical music a go, our selection of firm favourites offers the perfect introduction to the thrill of live orchestral music.
Be uplifted by the celestial sounds of Holst’s The Planets and experience the haunting poetry of Elgar's beautiful Cello Concerto as Sheku Kanneh-Mason brings this work to life.
2019/20 Concert Season
Elgar's Enigma Variations | 9 November 2019
There have been more than sixty recordings of the Variations since Elgar's first back in 1924. If anyone can find Enigma's tender soul, it's conductor Marin Alsop.
Mahler's Fifth Symphony | 13 November 2019
The popularity of the heart-melting Adagietto in Mahler's Fifth Symphony certainly owes much to Luchino Visconti's 1971 film Death in Venice. This crucial Adagietto is the moment when tragedy turns to triumph, deep despair to ecstatic joy. Hear it live in all its glory.
Faure's Requiem | 18 January 2020
Passionate melodies and musical adoration have captivated audiences since the late 1800s; the emotional impact of Fauré’s Requiem is no less potent today than 200 years ago.
Wagner's Siegfried | 1 February 2020
Part three of the Orchestra’s journey through Wagner’s colossal Ring Cycle reaches into the sunniest part of the saga. Growing up deep in the forest, the orphan Siegfried has never known fear - but that’s all about to change.
Symphony No. 2 | 19 February 2020
Written one hundred years apart Beethoven and Sibelius’s Second Symphonies are arguably some of the 19th and 20th centuries greatest symphonic triumphs.
Beethoven Symphony No.3 | 22 February 2020
A mainstay in any list of best symphonies, Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ threatens to overshadow any piece programmed with it. Widmann’s haunting Lied for Orchestra undoubtedly doesn’t allow that to happen, with Ravel’s escapist fantasy Shéhérazade completing the programme.
Beethoven Symphony No.5 | 28 March 2020
Beethoven's Fifth thunders into life with four notes that absolutely everyone can recognise.
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 | 27 May 2020
Join us for our season finale, as two great Romantic masterpieces lift the spirits.