Friday 11th May 2018
King George's Hall, Blackburn
From £18 (concessions available)
Concert begins at 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time 9.20pm
Rossini - William Tell Overture
Elgar - Cello Concerto
Sibelius - Symphony No.2
Ryan Wigglesworth *
Nicholas Trygstad, Cello
Sibelius’s Second Symphony has enjoyed enormous admiration and affection since it was heard in this country for the first time, played by this very same orchestra. Today’s Hallé musicians and audiences find this great work as original, dramatic and full of hope as on that day in 1905.
A succession of great cellists have brought Elgar’s last true masterpiece, his elegiac Cello Concerto, to the hearts of the public, and it means no less to the Hallé’s own, American-born, Nicholas Trygstad. Rossini’s ‘William Tell’ Overture, familiar to millions of 50s TV-Western fans, deserves its enduring popularity for the startling originality of its writing. Eloquent cello choirs and a thrilling alpine storm, not mention the exuberant, glittering finale, make it an absolute winner.
* We’re very grateful to conductor Ryan Wigglesworth who will be replacing Jonathon Heyward.
(Image credit: Jeremy Ayres Fischer)