Thursday 19th March 2020
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tickets from £14.50 (including booking fees)
Note, due to the current situation on Coronavirus, and in the light of Government’s advice given, we have decided to cancel this concert. If you have bought tickets for this concert, you are entitled to a refund. The Bridgewater Hall box office is, understandably, dealing with a great many queries at the moment, please bear with them: 0161 907 9000. The Hallé’s audiences are the reason we exist. The loyalty and support you have shown and continue to show is an inspiration to our players and staff and lifts us all in times like these. We will be honouring all of the contracts made with the performers for this concert. In common with many of our colleagues around the country who have been forced to cancel concerts, we are asking you to consider supporting us at this very difficult time, by donating the cost of your tickets, and not asking for a refund. The Hallé is a charity and, with many others, will be severely affected by the crisis. If it is at all possible for you to consider this, we would be very grateful for you doing so.
Thursday 19 March 2020 - 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time = 9.30pm
Elgar - Enigma Variations
Butterworth orch. Roderick Williams - Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
Vaughan Williams - Symphony No.9
Sir Mark Elder
Roderick Williams, baritone
Due to the current situation on Coronavirus, and in the light of Government’s advice given, we have decided to cancel this concert.
In his Enigma Variations, Elgar’s first runaway success, he captured the personalities of his Worcestershire friends in fresh, inventive music. Butterworth, Vaughan Williams’s close friend, is a tantalising figure, for what might have he achieved had he not been killed during World War One? His legacy includes lean, direct settings of A. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, heard here in a new orchestration by Roderick Williams whose performances are characterised by a perceptive depth of musical intellect. Sir Mark completes his exploration of the Vaughan Williams symphonies with the visionary Ninth written shortly before the composer’s death. Partly inspired by Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles, it ends enigmatically with the haunting sonority of three pulsing saxophones as if gazing into eternity.
‘This ongoing cycle of Vaughan Williams’s symphonies from Mark Elder and the Hallé is shaping up to be a highly impressive achievement.’ Financial Times
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