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  • 26 March 2024 PHILHARMONIA: JENEBA KANNEH-MASON PLAYS RACHMANINOV

    Tess Jackson conductorJeneba Kanneh-Mason piano RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4Romantic grandeur and dramatic flair close the Philharmonia’s 2024/25 season in Leicester.Bursting with more memorable melodies than many composers write in a lifetime, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is arguably the most popular in classical music history. Jeneba Kanneh-Mason made her Philharmonia debut with the piece in 2022, a performance in which she was praised for her ‘poetry and confidence’ (The Guardian). She returns tonight to win the hearts of the audience in Leicester.Young British conductor – and Classic FM Rising Star – Tess Jackson makes her Philharmonia debut, completing the programme with Tchaikovsky’s explosive Symphony No. 4. A musical depiction of Fate, written after a period of personal turmoil, it’s a powerful exploration of the meaning of life. From deceptively simple melodies, Tchaikovsky builds a spellbinding forty minutes of high emotional drama.You may also be interested in:PHILHARMONIA: MOZART AND SCHUBERT WITH ANDRÁS SCHIFFPHILHARMONIA: JESS GILLAM PLAYS GLAZUNOVPHILHARMONIA: RYAN BANCROFT CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN AND STRAUSSPHILHARMONIA: SANTTU CONDUCTS SHOSTAKOVICH AND PROKOFIEV…

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  • 26 March 2024 PHILHARMONIA: MOZART AND SCHUBERT WITH ANDRÁS SCHIFF

    András Schiff conductor / pianoHAYDN Piano Concerto in D major, Hob. XVIIISCHUBERT Symphony No. 8, UnfinishedMOZART Piano Concerto No. 24Spend an evening in the presence of classical music royalty, as Sir András Schiff play-directs and conducts a trio of Classical masterpieces.In this concert, András Schiff performs two of the finest concertos of the late 1700s. Sprightly, uplifting and featuring a Hungarian-style finale, Haydn’s concerto is the epitome of Classical elegance and expression. Mozart’s is deeply emotional and packed with feeling, from its intensely moving melodies to its masterful variations in the finale. Admired by the likes of Brahms and Beethoven, it is considered one of Mozart’s greatest works. Schiff directs the orchestra from the piano, as Haydn and Mozart themselves would have done.  Between the two, Schiff swaps the piano for the podium as he conducts Schubert’s unfinished Symphony No. 8. Despite its nickname, in just two movements, Schubert gives us some of the most beautiful, heart breaking, impassioned music of the Classical period.You may also be interested in:PHILHARMONIA: JESS GILLAM PLAYS GLAZUNOVPHILHARMONIA: RYAN BANCROFT CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN AND STRAUSSPHILHARMONIA: SANTTU CONDUCTS SHOSTAKOVICH AND PROKOFIEVPHILHARMONIA: JENEBA KANNEH-MASON PLAYS RACHMANINOV…

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  • 26 March 2024 PHILHARMONIA: JESS GILLAM PLAYS GLAZUNOV

    Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductorJess Gillam saxophoneSHOSTAKOVICH Suite from Moscow, Cheryomushki (arr. Cornall)GLAZUNOV Saxophone ConcertoTCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, Pathétique‘Everyone’s favourite saxophonist’ (The Times), Jess Gillam, joins the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor for an evening of irresistible tunes. By the age of 23, British saxophonist Jess Gillam had topped the UK Classical Charts, won a BRIT Award, and debuted at the BBC Proms. Tonight, the household name shows us exactly what the saxophone can do, in Glazunov’s 1934 concerto. Much like its performer this evening, this piece helped put the instrument on the classical music map.Santtu opens the concert with music by Glazunov’s student, Shostakovich: the suite from his satirical operetta, Moscow, Cheryomushki. Humour, lilting waltzes and fiery dances are packed into its four movements – it’s music that’s well worth discovering.The concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony. Entitled “the passionate symphony” by the composer – and passionate it is – this is the work of a composer at the top of his game and remains one of the most popular in the canon.You may also be interested in:PHILHARMONIA: MOZART AND SCHUBERT WITH ANDRÁS SCHIFFPHILHARMONIA: RYAN BANCROFT CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN AND STRAUSSPHILHARMONIA: SANTTU CONDUCTS SHOSTAKOVICH AND PROKOFIEVPHILHARMONIA: JENEBA KANNEH-MASON PLAYS RACHMANINOV…

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  • 26 March 2024 PHILHARMONIA: RYAN BANCROFT CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN AND STRAUSS

    Ryan Bancroft conductorMichelle Cann pianoIVES The Unanswered QuestionBEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4STRAUSS Also sprach ZarathustraRyan Bancroft is a favourite among Philharmonia fans. Tonight, he conducts the Orchestra in Leicester for the first time in music by Beethoven and Strauss.The opening of Also sprach Zarathustra might be one of the most recognisable in classical music. But there’s much more to the work than its 2001: A Space Odyssey fame. In its half-hour span, Strauss takes us on a philosophical journey exploring the meaning of life. With blazing brass and sumptuous strings, he creates a listening experience full of intense feeling. It’s a real highlight of the orchestral repertoire and gives players a chance to show off the renowned Philharmonia sound.First, Grammy Award-winning Michelle Cann makes her Philharmonia debut in Beethoven’s playful Fourth Piano Concerto. Opening with the solo piano with no orchestral introduction, it’s a deeply intimate work that remains one of Beethoven’s best loved.You may also be interested in:PHILHARMONIA: MOZART AND SCHUBERT WITH ANDRÁS SCHIFFPHILHARMONIA: JESS GILLAM PLAYS GLAZUNOVPHILHARMONIA: SANTTU CONDUCTS SHOSTAKOVICH AND PROKOFIEVPHILHARMONIA: JENEBA KANNEH-MASON PLAYS RACHMANINOV…

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  • 26 March 2024 PHILHARMONIA: SANTTU CONDUCTS SHOSTAKOVICH AND PROKOFIEV

    Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductorNemanja Radulović violinPROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, ClassicalSHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1Principal Conductor and Featured Artist join forces for an evening of 20th century classics.Charismatic violinist Nemanja Radulović brings his ‘energy and firepower’ (Gramophone) to the stage in Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto. Met with disapproval by the Soviet authorities, the piece did not receive its premiere until after Stalin’s death. The anguish Shostakovich must have felt at being repressed is felt in the painfully beautiful, yearning third movement, which leads straight into the wild finale.Music from a student Shostakovich completes this evening’s programme. Shostakovich was just 19 years old when we wrote his graduation piece at the Petrograd Conservatory. But don’t be fooled by his young age: already, we hear the composer’s distinctive voice and style in one of his finest works.First, we hear Prokofiev’s “happy and uncomplicated”, Mozart-inspired Symphony No. 1. Light-hearted and filled with dances, it’s the perfect way to open the programme.You may also be interested in:PHILHARMONIA: MOZART AND SCHUBERT WITH ANDRÁS SCHIFFPHILHARMONIA: JESS GILLAM PLAYS GLAZUNOVPHILHARMONIA: RYAN BANCROFT CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN AND STRAUSSPHILHARMONIA: JENEBA KANNEH-MASON PLAYS RACHMANINOV…

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  • 21 March 2024 STRANGER SINGS

    Tune in, children of the 80s! Join us in the upside-down for this award-winning, smash hit new parody musical; Stranger Sings!Straight from off-Broadway, to a UK premiere 3-month sell-out run in London, this award-winning sci-fi spoof is a wild, irreverent twist on the hit Netflix series – in all its hair-raising, blockbuster glory.Take a trip with your favourite gang on a night of indulgent pop culture references, heavy synth, poor parenting, dancing demogorgons and maybe – just maybe – you might find justice for Barb along the way.Let the incredible original writing of Jonathan Hogue subvert the genre with this fearless parody, where there are too many mullets, a generous helping of fairy lights, and the 80s finally embraces feminism.So, hop(per) on your bike and grab your transmitter radio (don’t forget your inhaler); because saving your friends is the answer to this never ending story.No mouthbreathers allowed.

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  • 20 March 2024 HENNING WEHN

    Award-deserving German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn takes an unbiased look at climate change, a topic sure to delight audiences and no surprise. After all, everyone loves talking about the weather. Rain or shine, all will be fine. Or maybe it won’t. Who knows?! Come along. Or else.”Wehn has given us an understanding of German quirks.” King Charles III“As subtle as Schumacher on Battiston.”  Some bloke on Twitter…

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  • 19 March 2024 10cc

    50 years on from their debut album, art pop and soft rock legends 10cc have announced an extensive UK tour for Spring 2024.The band continue to be one of our most loved and remain a critics favourite – “Note perfect!” proclaimed the Daily Telegraph; the Arts Desk confirm that “10cc’s songbook, full of fun and love and rage, remains blessedly the same.” Having sold over 15 million albums in the UK alone, 10cc have eleven Top 10 hits to their name, including three number one singles – Rubber Bullets, Dreadlock Holiday and the ubiquitous I’m Not In Love – along with Donna (number two), Art For Art’s Sake and Good Morning Judge (both reaching five), The Things We Do For Love and I’m Mandy Fly Me (six), and The Wall Street Shuffle (10).Led by Graham Gouldman, the live band comprises Rick Fenn (lead guitar, bass, vocals), Paul Burgess (drums, percussion) – both of whom have been with 10cc since the early years – Keith Hayman (keyboards, guitars, bass, vocals) and Iain Hornal (vocals, percussion, guitar, keyboards).Ahead of the UK tour in Spring, the band will head to Europe this Autumn, with a 17-date tour including shows in Holland, Belgium and Germany and a return to Scandinavia, where earlier this year, ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaerus was around to see the Stockholm show.Founding 10cc member Graham Gouldman and Bjorn are currently working on a song-writing-themed festival in Sweden in July, also to be backed by Swedish pop-rock duo Roxette.

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  • 18 March 2024 WET WET WET

    Following on from a sold-out tour earlier this year which saw them perform to tens of thousands across the country, the iconic Wet Wet Wet have announced a huge tour of the UK for 2025.Featuring founding member Graeme Clark, accompanied as ever by long-standing guitarist Graeme Duffin, and fronted by Kevin Simm. The Wets will bring to the stage their catalogue of legendary and defining hits, including the likes of Sweet Little Mystery, Angel Eyes, Goodnight Girl, With a Little Help from My Friends, Sweet Surrender, Julia Says and more.They will also perform the ubiquitous hit Love Is All Around, their cover of The Troggs’ 1960s song, which this May, celebrates 30 years since it became the soundtrack to the summer of 1994. Recorded for the Richard Curtis film Four Weddings and a Funeral, the song became a monumental worldwide hit which spent an incredible 15 consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart, an all-time record for a British artist that still stands.The band appeared on Top of the Pops an incredible 19 times in 1994 – their 56 appearances in total on the programme also being a record for a Scottish act.Wet Wet Wet have sold more than 15 million singles and albums to date and have featured in the UK Singles Chart and Album Chart for an incredible time period of over 500 weeks. Their albums have been certified 20x platinum in the UK alone.Since 2018, Wet Wet Wet have been fronted by Kevin Simm (winner…

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  • 18 March 2024 MIDGE URE – CATALOGUE

    Experience a spectacular musical journey with Midge Ure’s Catalogue: The Hits Tour. This tour celebrates the remarkable 50-year career of Midge Ure, from his beginnings in Slik to monumental achievements with Ultravox and pivotal roles in Band Aid and Live Aid. As a recipient of prestigious Ivor Novello, Grammy, and BASCAP awards, Midge’s contributions to the music industry are unparalleled. This November, experience an intimate concert showcasing the vast catalogue of Midge’s work, from well-loved hits to rare fan favourites. It’s a unique opportunity to witness the musical genius and versatility of Midge Ure live, reflecting his passion for live performances. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the legacy of a musical icon who has profoundly influenced the world of music and left an indelible mark on generations.

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