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So many orchestras..how to choose? posted 02 Sep 2019

So many orchestras..how to choose?

If you book for five or more orchestral concerts (excluding gala concerts; BSFO/Abba/Bowie) at any time during the season, you’ll receive at least 15% discount. But with so many concerts it might be hard to choose! Here are a few five-concert combinations we think go together well, giving you an insight into various features of this season. If you're still not sure, don't hesitate to get in touch. 


International Orchestras
For a chance to hear incredible international orchestras, join us for these five concerts. The Moscow Philharmonic and St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra perform huge all-Russian programmes in their inimitable Russian style. Flanders Symphony Orchestra brings a Hispanic programme with conductor José Luis Gomez, including Rodrigo’s guitar concerto Concierto de Aranjuez. The Orchestre National de Lille bring three French works by Ravel and Debussy, while the Iceland Symphony Orchestra bring music by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.  

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra – 5 October
Flanders Symphony Orchestra – 2 November
Orchestre National de Lille – 1 February
Iceland Symphony Orchestra - 15 February
Swedish Philharmonia – 7 March
 
The piano
These five concerts all see Leeds Town Hall’s Steinway grand piano take centre stage, showcasing piano music through the ages. Howard Shelley directs London Mozart players from the piano as he performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 25 in October. In February 2018 Leeds Piano Competition winner Eric Lu returns for a performance of Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, after which the Iceland Symphony Orchestra presents Ravel’s mind-boggling Piano Concerto for Left Hand with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. 

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra – 5 October
London Mozart Players – 19 October
Orchestre National de Lille – 1 February
Iceland Symphony Orchestra – 15 February
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra – 30 May
 
Voice
Our orchestral season always features the two great Leeds choruses; Leeds Festival Chorus and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, as well as soloists acclaimed on both the concert and operatic stage. In November the BBC Philharmonic and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus are joined by the Cambridge University Symphony Chorus to perform Elgar’s otherworldly oratorio The Kingdom, and the Orchestra of Opera North presents Bartok’s grizzly fairy-tale Duke Bluebeard’s Castle starring mezzo soprano Karen Cargill, and baritone Christopher Purves in the title role. In the New Year Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performing Schubert songs starring baritone Benjamin Appl, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia presents Mendelssohn’s glorious Elijah. The final choral concert of the series sees the Leeds choruses joined by the St Peter’s Singers of Leeds Minster, for Beethoven’s great Mass in C accompanied by Manchester Camerata. 

BBC Philharmonic, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Cambridge University Symphony Chorus – 23 November
Orchestra of Opera North - 30 November
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – 25 January 
Royal Northern Sinfonia, Leeds Festival Chorus – 21 March
Manchester Camerata, Leeds Festival Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Saint Peter’s Singers – 16 May

From Russia with Love
Five concerts all featuring Russian orchestral masterworks. If you like explosive music with sweeping melodies and fairy-tale endings then these concerts are a good place to start, featuring Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev’s ballet scores, and Rachmaninov’s inimitable piano concertos performed by Alexandra Dariescu (5 Oct) and Noriko Ogawa (30 May).

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra – 5 October
BBC Philharmonic - 8 February
Iceland Symphony Orchestra – 15 February
Swedish Philharmonic – 7 March
St Petersburg Symphony – 30 May

Symphonic landmarks
The Hallé - 12 October
BBC Philharmonic - 26 October
Orchestra of Opera North - 28 March
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – 25 April
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra – 30 May
 
English composers
The Hallé - 12 October
BBC Philharmonic - 26 October
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – 25 January
BBC Philharmonic - 8 February
Academy of Ancient Music – 14 March
 
The Violin
The Hallé - 12 October
Britten Sinfonia – 18 January
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – 25 January
Swedish Philharmonia – 7 March
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - 
 
String focus
BBC Philharmonic - 26 October 
Britten Sinfonia – 18 January
Swedish Philharmonia – 7 march
The Hallé - 4 April 
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra- 25 April 
  
Pastoral/nature
The Hallé - 12 October
London Mozart Players – 19 October
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – 25 January
BBC Philharmonic - 8 February
Orchestra of Opera North - 28 March

Dance
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra – 5 October
Flanders Symphony Orchestra – 2 November
Iceland Symphony Orchestra – 15 February
Orchestra of Opera North - 4 April 
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra – 30 May
 
Something you might not have heard before
The Hallé – 12 October 
   The Fall of the Leaf - Finzi
BBC Philharmonic - 26 October
   Masquerade – Anna Clyne
Flanders Symphony – 2 November
    Three Preludes for Solo Guitar - Villa-Lobos
BBC Philharmonic - 8 February
   Oboe Concerto (world premiere) – Edward Gregson 
Iceland Symphony – 15 February
   Aeriality – Anna Thorvaldsdottir

From baroque to contemporary
Britten Sinfonia – 18 January
Academy of Ancient Music – 14 March
London Mozart Players – 19 October
Orchestre National de Lille – 1 February
BBC Philharmonic - 26 October
 

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