Elgar’s Enigma Variations


Thursday 3rd June 2021 - Thursday 3rd June 2021

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets £29.50, £25.50 and £18.50 (including box office charges). Concessions save 10%. Anyone in full-time education £5 (including box office charges). Please note, sales close for this event on Monday 31 May.

Matinee performance - Thursday 3 June 2021 - 2.15pm
Evening performance - Thursday 3 June 2021 - 7pm

There are a number of special arrangements in place to ensure your safety and wellbeing. You can find the details here.

Each concert will last around 65 to 75 minutes and will not have an interval

Glinka - Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla
Stravinsky - Petrushka (1947)
Elgar - Enigma Variations

Sir Mark Elder

With its barn-storming brilliance, laced with Russian lyricism, Glinka’s overture to his Pushkin-inspired ‘magic opera’ Ruslan and Ludmilla, provides the perfect curtain-raiser to the Hallé’s Summer Season 2021.

Stravinsky, that towering figure of 20th-century music, died 50 years ago and this anniversary is marked here with his ballet Petrushka, the tale of a hapless puppet with human emotions. It starts in a blaze of brilliance evoking the St Petersburg Shrovetide Fair, but ends mysteriously with Petrushka’s theme wailing on trumpet as, chillingly, his ghost appears over the rooftops.

Richter conducted the premiere of the Enigma Variations in 1899, the same year that he became the Hallé’s Music Director. The opening theme, mixing melancholy and hope, encapsulates Elgar’s complex character, and at its heart are the variations enshrining his wife, Alice, and ‘Nimrod’, Augustus Jaeger, a portrait of a profound friendship, as he and Elgar discussed Beethoven quartets.

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Ticket prices include The Bridgewater Hall £2.50 ticket charge. The number of available seats has been greatly reduced from the Hall’s usual capacity due to social distancing, so you are advised to book as quickly as possible. Ticket sales for individual concerts will close the Monday before each event.

Concessionary tickets (saving 10%) are available for individual concerts for senior citizens, those in receipt of government benefits and NHS workers.
Anyone in full-time education can buy individual tickets for £5 (including box office charges). You can buy these concessionary tickets (subject to availability)
at any time after booking opens, up to the Monday before each concert.

If you book subscription packages for all six concerts (either at 2.15pm or 7pm), you will receive a discount of 10%, and there will be no ticket charges. This means you can buy all six concerts for only £145.80, £124.20 or £86.40. The Bridgewater Hall’s £2.50 ticket charge is not levied on subscription bookings.

Please note that to enter the Hall, everyone requires a printed ticket. Your tickets will have entry times on them, to allow for minimum contact within the hall. In
order that there is time to post tickets out, sales for individual concerts will close the Monday before each event. Again, to avoid delays we encourage you to book as soon as possible. Subscription tickets will be sent out all together, covering the whole season.

Patrons should note the measures in place for admission to The Bridgewater Hall. Please visit here for details.