The Tsar, The Rock and The Firebird


Thursday 22nd July 2021 - Thursday 22nd July 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 19 July.

Matinee performance - Thursday 22 July 2021 - 2.15pm
Evening performance - Thursday 22 July 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

Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite
Rachmaninov - The Rock
Stravinsky - The Firebird: Suite (1945)

Sir Mark Elder

For the series finale, Sir Mark leads the Hallé in a spectacular Russian programme, beginning with Rimsky-Korsakov’s suite, or ‘Little Pictures’, from his fairy-tale opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan. They are, Sir Mark comments, ‘full of lovely tunes’ and show the composer’s ‘wonderful ear for orchestral colour, and theatricality.’ Each ‘Picture’ is a short tone poem, all beginning with the same brass fanfare, as if to say, ‘Once upon a time …’.

Rachmaninov was only 20 when he composed his brooding, atmospheric The Rock, inspired by a Chekhov story, yet it already demonstrates his mastery of the orchestra.

The music of Stravinsky is again celebrated with his breakthrough work and first masterpiece, The Firebird, drawn from Russian folklore. Although influenced by his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, it’s imbued with Stravinsky’s own personality, displaying a natural flair for composing ballet as exemplified by the vibrant ‘Dance of the Firebird’ and the thrilling ‘Infernal Dance’.

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Ticket Information >>

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 £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.