MIF2019 – Leningrad


Thursday 11th July 2019

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

£13, £18, £24, £29, £34. Concessions £5 off. £2 transaction fee per order (no per ticket fee)

11 July 2019 - 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time 9.45pm

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad'

Sir Mark Elder

A rare opportunity to get close to the genesis of a major new artwork, and to experience a towering landmark in modern music: Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony.

Sir Mark Elder, the Hallé’s Music Director, and Johan Simons, the acclaimed Dutch theatre director, are creating a new work for The Factory inspired by two great artists and their experiences living on a knife edge in the Soviet Union: composer Dmitri Shostakovich and writer Vasily Grossman, author of the epic Life and Fate.

Tonight, Elder and Simons will be discussing this new work before a performance of Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No.7, ‘Leningrad’. Written for more than 100 musicians and first performed in the midst of the siege of the composer’s home city during the Second World War, its creation was a triumph of the human spirit. Elder and the Hallé’s 2013 live recording won universal acclaim – and the piece will once more come alive at The Bridgewater Hall.

Sir Mark Elder

Unfortunately, Sir Mark Elder is unable to conduct the Hallé in Shostakovich’s Symphony No.7 (‘Leningrad’) at The Bridgewater Hall this Thursday. Jonathon Heyward, the Hallé’s brilliant young Assistant Conductor, will take his place on the podium for what promises to be a wonderful concert.

Sir Mark writes:

I am very sorry to have to announce that I will be unable to conduct my wonderful orchestra at Thursday’s performance of the Leningrad Symphony. After a period of very painful problems with my neck, and after consulting several doctors and undergoing scans and procedures, I have been advised not to conduct for the next month.

While I am extremely sorry not to be able to perform this extraordinary work, I am delighted that, at very short notice, Jonathon Heyward, the Hallé’s Assistant Conductor, will conduct the Hallé. Jonathon is at the start of a brilliant career, having already achieved significant international success: winning a major European conducting competition prior to taking up his post at the Hallé, and recently being designated Chief Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Germany.

I have every hope that I will be with you on Thursday night to talk in the first part about plans with the Festival for a major event around the opening of The Factory, a building and an idea we are all looking forward to with a tremendous sense of anticipation and excitement.

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