Sir Mark Elder conductor
Britten Britain to America world premiere | Shostakovich Symphony No.7, ‘Leningrad’
Tickets (plus booking fee): £38 - £11
£3 student tickets available.
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Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm:
Colin Matthews, the Hallé’s Composer Emeritus and trustee of the Britten-Pears Foundation, talks to Geoffrey Owen about bringing together the different elements of this evening’s world premiere, Britten in Wartime. Colin’s remarks will be illustrated with music from performers from Chetham’s School of Music.
Few symphonies became so instantly recognisable, indeed so sensationally popular, as Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony, a work first performed in 1942. With the world in the grip of an unprecedented total conflict, its message of resistance and ultimate victory was soon to provide audiences in both the Soviet Union and the West with a powerful emblem of hope and defiance. Its remarkable ‘Nazi invasion’ episode is music of near-overwhelming power and intensity. In the first half of the concert new light is thrown on Benjamin Britten with another work dating from 1942 – the music he composed for a series of NBC radio plays.