Concert 1

Elim Chan conductor
Sol Gabetta cello

BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

Musical fireworks open our Leicester season as Sol Gabetta takes centre stage in Shostakovich’s fiery Cello Concerto No. 1, ahead of Tchaikovsky’s punchy Second Symphony.

Elim Chan first conducted the Philharmonia in 2017, on her meteoric rise to a busy international career. She returns at the request of audience members and musicians alike.

Tchaikovsky, on holiday in the Ukraine, worked the folk songs he heard there into his Second Symphony. The first movement grows out of the haunting melody of Down by Mother Volga, played first by a solo horn and bassoon, and the energetic finale is a set of variations on The Crane.

At the heart of the programme is Shostakovich’s fiery Cello Concerto No. 1. A blazing showstopper of a concerto, the piece also gives the solo horn, and indeed every member of the orchestra, the chance to shine too. Charismatic cellist Sol Gabetta follows in illustrious footsteps – Shostakovich wrote the concerto in 1959 for his young friend, and erstwhile orchestration student, Mstislav Rostropovich.

6pm Insight Talks (Free, no ticket required)
An introduction to the evening's programme.



25th Oct

2019/20 Season

Philharmonia Orchestra

Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, The Lord Mayor's Concert


  • Classical & Opera
  • Tiered Seating

£37.50 £30.50 £24.50 £18.50 £13.50

Students and Under 25s £6 (not available on top price tickets)
Limited number of half price tickets for those in receipt of Pension Credit and Universal Credit (proof will be required)

Subscription packages available. To book, call 0116 233 3111 or visit the De Montfort Hall box office in person - we regret subscription bookings cannot be made online.

Running times
6pm Bar open
6pm Pre-concert talk
6.30pm Doors to auditorium
7pm Act I - latecomers to only be permitted after first piece, 16 mins
7.55pm Interval
8.15pm - 8.55pm Act II
Please note, timings are approximate and subject to change 

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