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2016/2017
De Montfort Hall, Leicester (except 1 October 2016)



Saturday 1 October 2016, 7.30pm
Leicester Cathedral


THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

Conductor: John Andrews

Music by Laura Rossi

After being commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to write a score for the poignant 1916 silent film Battle of the Somme, contemporary British composer Laura Rossi's work will be performed to accompany a screening of the film.

This performance is part of the The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour www.somme100film.com

Tickets £10, from the Leicester Symphony Orchestra Ticket Secretary and Leicester Cathedral, Christian Resources Leicester, Tel 0116 261 5222.
Somme poppies PHOTO: 7-THEMES.COM Somme 100 logo cathedral logo



Saturday 12th November 2016, 7.30pm

JOHN SUCHET'S "THE LAST WALTZ"
The Story of the Strauss Dynasty

Conductor: John Andrews
Compere: John Suchet

Programme to include:

Johann Strauss II Overture Die Fledermaus
                            Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
                            Pizzicato Polka
                            Bauern Polka
                            Unter Donner und Blitz
                            The Blue Danube
Johann Strauss I Radetzky March

6.30pm FREE pre-concert talk with John Suchet

The Classic FM© host John Suchet is now as much known for his passion for music as he is for his work in journalism. In this lively concert the Leicester Symphony Orchestra prepares to have a Viennese ball as John introduces a whole host of waltzes and polkas composed by the Strauss family.

Already renowned as one of the foremost Beethoven experts, John has turned his attention to the Strauss family to understand one of the most important - and turbulent – dynasties in musical history. John will be revealing insights into the life and times of the famous clan during the concert to bring a new angle to some of the most famous and popular music ever performed.
John Suchet



Saturday 25th February 2017, 7.30pm

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

Conductor: John Andrews
Flute Katherine Bryan

Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un Faune
Ravel Rapsodie Espagnol
Poulenc (arr. Berkeley) Sonata for Flute
Borne Carmen Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra
Massenet Méditation from Thaïs
Debussy La Mer

6.30pm FREE pre-concert talk

We proclaim, "Vive la France!" for this concert of works by some of the most creative and expressive French composers.

The country that created impressionist art also gifted impressionist music, and the sound worlds conjured by Ravel and Debussy are some of the purest examples of this. The ethereal ambience is enhanced by Jules Massenet's Méditation, which follows a lively interjection from our soloist for the evening, flautist Katherine Bryan. Katherine will have no problem fitting in with the theme of the evening, having already received critical acclaim for her recordings of some of the key works from the French repertoire.
Katherine Bryan PHOTO: OLIVIA SHAW



Saturday 20th May 2017, 7.30pm

DVOŘÁK'S STABAT MATER

Leicester Philharmonic Choir

Conductor: John Andrews
Tuba: Simon Styles
Soprano: Stephanie Edwards
Alto: Olivia Ray
Tenor: Shaun Dixon
Bass: Piotr Lempa

Holst Festival Te Deum
Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto
Dvořák Stabat Mater

6.30pm FREE pre-concert talk

The forces of the Leicester Symphony Orchestra and Leicester Philharmonic Choir combine to perform Dvořák’s affecting and powerful religious work, his Stabat Mater. The religious theme continues with Holst's choral work Festival Te Deum. Simon Styles also shows that the tuba makes a fine solo instrument in his performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto.
LPC logo brass keys PHOTO: HERMANN©PIXABAY




2015/2016
De Montfort Hall, Leicester (except 26 September 2015)



Saturday 26 September 2015, 7.30pm
English Martyrs School, Anstey Lane, Leicester


CHAMBER SERENADE

Conductor: John Andrews

Elgar Serenade for Strings
Dvořák Wind Serenade
Bernstein Dance Suite for Brass Quintet
Haydn Symphony 104 ('London')

An intimate treat for lovers of chamber music and small ensemble playing; this concert is a great way to hear music in its purest form. Whether you are a fan of string, woodwind or brass music - or all of the above – there is something for you.

The orchestra, in its reduced ‘chamber’ format, leaves its usual home for this evening’s performance to enjoy the surroundings of English Martyrs’ School’s brand new auditorium. This setting will lend itself perfectly to the lushness of Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, the vibrancy of Dvořák’s Wind Serenade and the quirky playfulness of Bernstein’s Dance Suite for Brass Quintet. Having been individually highlighted in these works, the sections of the orchestra then join forces in the second half to perform a work of elegance and nobility in Haydn’s ‘London’ Symphony.

As a thank you to its loyal supporters, the orchestra would like to offer this performance for free to those Patrons, Friends and subscribers to the 94th Concert Season who book tickets in advance.

violin on chair Photo: goipadwallpapers.com
Tickets £10, Students and 25 & under £2 from the Leicester Symphony Orchestra Ticket Secretary.



Saturday 7th November 2015, 7.30pm

MUSIC TAKES FLIGHT

Conductor: John Andrews
Violin: Charlie Siem

Dvořák The Wood Dove
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Respighi The Birds
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite

6.30pm FREE pre-concert talk with John Andrews: "Music as a Mirror of Nature"

Take to the skies with this concert of music inspired by the most majestic and graceful of animals. Birds have long captured composers' imaginations, evoking sweeping musical lines with their ethereal flight and inspiring sweet melodies with their song.

Renowned soloist Charlie Siem performs one of the most widely loved pieces of music ever written in Vaughan Williams' Lark Ascending followed by Saint-Saëns’ spirited Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Stravinsky's Firebird takes you under its wing and delivers you to an enchanted world, culminating in a stunning and stirring finale. Dvořák and Respighi also add their own musical interpretations of delicate birdsong.

Retiring collection in aid of The Lord Mayor's Appeal
Charlie Siem Photo: Gilles-Marie Zimmermann



Sunday 21st February 2016, 3.00pm

BOATS, PLANES & TRAINS

Conductor: John Andrews
Clarinet Emma Johnson

Programme to include:
Wagner Ride of the Valkyries
Coates Dam Busters March
Zimmer Pirates of the Caribbean
Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine

It's full steam ahead with this exhilarating family concert!

The speed, the noise and the excitement of all things air, sea and rail make for a perfect platform to entertain and wow an audience. With music that so encapsulates the thrill of travel, the Leicester Symphony Orchestra invites you to climb aboard and strap yourself in!

This is a great opportunity to introduce younger family members to some real classics as we take you on a tour through film music, opera and other favourites – all with a train, plane or boat theme.

The Orchestra is delighted to be joined by clarinettist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year winner, Emma Johnson. Emma is a patron of CLIC Sargent and acts as an ambassador for the charity.

Concert in aid of CLIC Sargent
Mallard_Heritage_Steam Image supplied courtesy of Bruce Mackay
www.bruce-mackay.com



Saturday 21st May 2016, 7.30pm

THE HAMMER OF FATE

Conductor: John Andrews

Humperdinck Prelude to Hansel and Gretel
Liadov The Enchanted Lake
Mahler Symphony No. 6

6.30pm FREE pre-concert talk with Richard Gill

Music is rarely as all-encompassing and visceral as in Mahler's sixth symphony. A truly giant work - arguably his greatest and most affecting - Mahler doesn’t simply construct a symphony; he constructs a world. In this performance let the Leicester Symphony Orchestra take you from the brutality of the intense opening bars through to the hammer blow in the final movement that is said to represent fate.

Humperdinck's Prelude to Hansel and Gretel uses the fairy-tale's inspiration to create a truly beautiful and mystical piece – one that almost belies the protagonists' very own impending brush with fate. Liadov also constructs a fairy-tale world in his Enchanted Lake, which creates less a story and more a sense of being.
Hammer of Fate




2014/2015 - 92nd Season
De Montfort Hall, Leicester



Saturday 15th November 2014, 7.30pm

ON THE EVE OF WAR

Conductor: John Andrews
Piano: Katya Apekisheva

Butterworth A Shropshire Lad
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2 (London)

6.30pm FREE pre-concert talk: "Music in the Great War" by local historian and teacher Richard Gill

In the year that we mark a century since the beginning of the First World War the Leicester Symphony Orchestra performs works by composers who were directly and indirectly influenced by the conflict.

It is almost impossible to describe the wonder of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto in words; so instead let critically acclaimed pianist Katya Apekisheva convey the full beauty of the piece to you in the orchestra's opening concert of the season.

Ralph Vaughan Williams's Second Symphony is music that vividly depicts scenes from the capital as we are led through a London that is moving headlong into the Great War. It was the same war that would go on to take the life of the composer's friend George Butterworth, to whom the symphony is dedicated. Butterworth's own piece, A Shropshire Lad, opens the concert and is a musical setting of A.E. Housman's poignant poem of the same name.

The Philharmonia Orchestra has provided the following link to their short film about Vaughan Williams's Second Symphony.
Katya Apekisheva



Saturday 14th February 2015, 7.30pm

MUSIC & LOVE

Conductor: John Andrews
Soprano: Sarah Redgwick
Tenor: Christopher Diffey

Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture: Romeo & Juliet
Delius Walk to the Paradise Garden
Puccini La Boheme (end of Act 1)
Gounod Je veux vivre
Donizetti Una furtiva lagrima
Verdi Parigi o cara
Bernstein Symphonic Dances (West Side Story)

6.30pm FREE pre-concert talk: "The Tragedy of Love in Music" by conductor John Andrews

A concert on Valentine's Day would not be quite complete without the yearning love theme from Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture. But far from being all romance, this concert provides a more complete view of love in music. West Side Story, based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, is the epitome of vibrant passion, Latin flare and painful tragedy. Leonard Bernstein's groundbreaking score still encapsulates the mood as the Sharks face off against the Jets, whilst two starcrossed lovers are fatefully drawn to one another.

The evening will be illuminated by the sumptuous singing of our soloists, Sarah Redgwick and Christopher Diffey. As well as joining forces to sing the end of the First Act from Puccini's La Bohème, they will be treating us to operatic arias by Donizetti, Gounod and Verdi.

If you are unsure how to make this Valentine's Day special then why not spend the evening with us and enjoy some of the finest and most passionate music ever written.
rose



Saturday 25th April 2015, 7.30pm

HEROIC JOURNEY

Conductor: John Andrews
Cello: David Cohen

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Brahms Symphony No. 1

6.30pm FREE pre-concert talk with soloist David Cohen

Retiring collection in aid of The Lord Mayor's Appeal

Tonight's soloist, David Cohen, is no stranger to the LSO. Four years ago his sonorous and majestic playing impressed so much that we had to invite him back. On his return he will perform Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto, a piece written for Rostropovich and one that will truly showcase Cohen's talent.

The concert begins with the heroic Leonore Overture No. 3 from Beethoven's opera Fidelio. With its distant trumpet call and frantic string lines it is high drama from start to finish!

The composer of the evening's symphonic work, Johannes Brahms, was himself heavily inspired by Beethoven - so much so that the piece has been referred to as 'Beethoven's Tenth Symphony'. Brahms was a master of the classical form and his First Symphony will give the Leicester Symphony Orchestra a chance to be at their expressive best.
David Cohen
Photo: D. Herendi



Saturday 20th June 2015, 7.30pm

Conductor: John Andrews
Soloist: Jeni Bern
with the Leicester Philharmonic Choir
and the junior choirs of Leicester Grammar School and Ratcliffe College

Programme to include ...
John Williams Raiders' March
Christophe Beck 'Let it Go' from Frozen
Hans Zimmer Theme from Gladiator
Tim Minchin Music from Matilda

Tickets £20 & £18, 18 & under £5, 241, 10 % group discount for 10 +

Come and enjoy music from your favourite films and musicals - we'll even let you sing along!

From Abba through to Zimmer, this is our opportunity to relax and have some fun by taking you on a tour through the world of stage and screen. As well as Disney favourites such as The Lion King and Frozen, the music of John Williams, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Giuseppe Verdi also takes centre stage in this action-packed show.

The Leicester Symphony Orchestra and Leicester Philharmonic Choir are joined by two local school choirs and soloist Jeni Bern to add that extra sprinkle of magic to what promises to be a thrilling evening!

film reel




2013/2014 - 91st Season
De Montfort Hall, Leicester



Saturday 9th November 2013, 7.30pm

DANCE SPECTACULAR

Conductor: John Andrews
Dancers from the Ann Oliver Stage School and Leicester College of Performing Arts

Programme includes:
Verdi Ballet music from Don Carlos
Lovenskiold Sylphs Dance
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite No 1
Grieg Norwegian Wedding
Shostakovich Jazz Suite No 2
Copland Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
De Falla Ritual Fire Dance

6.30pm Free pre-concert talk with conductor John Andrews

Anyone who was lucky enough to have seen the last joint outing by tonight's performers will testify that the combination of thrilling dance and vibrant music makes for an awesome experience.

This time around the programme blends traditional ballet music of Tchaikovsky with 20th century works by Shostakovich and De Falla, allowing both the orchestra and the dancers to demonstrate their diversity and skill. A daring and exciting range of music will truly illuminate the De Montfort Hall stage.
Dancer
Photo: Kelliesot



Saturday 8th February 2014, 7.30pm

THE GRANDEST NIGHT OF GRAND OPERA ...EVER

Conductor: Rainer Hersch
Tenor: Christopher Turner
Bass baritone: James Oldfield

After three smash hits at the Leicester Comedy Festival, Rainer Hersch and the Leicester Symphony Orchestra top everything they have ever done with this utterly unique evening of music and laughter. At last the gloves are off as they team up with the iconic Leicester Philharmonic Choir to caress, enjoy and generally mess about with some the greatest choral music ever written. One hundred singers, eighty musicians, two soloists, one madcap conductor - nothing in the history of music will be safe. Whether you are a music professor or couldn't tell a bar line from a bar stool, this is the concert you have been waiting for. Once in a lifetime: "you will never see another show like this" (Edinburgh Evening News).

Music to include:
Handel Zadok Got P***ed
PDQ Bach Missa Hilarious (UK première)
Beethoven Choral Symphony (new variations)
... plus choruses, orchestral music and great arias from Vivaldi to Lloyd-Webber.

NB Suitable for all ages. However, if you are easily offended, please bring writing materials and something to lean on. MP and local newspaper addresses provided.
Rainer Hersch



Saturday 5th April 2014, 7.30pm

Conductor: John Andrews
Cello: Laura van der Heijden

Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini
Tchaikovsky Variations on Rococo Theme
Dvořák Rondo op.94
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition

6.30pm Free pre-concert talk with soloist Laura van der Heijden

Retiring collection in aid of The Lord Mayor's Appeal

The Leicester Symphony Orchestra is delighted to welcome Laura van der Heijden, whose playing has been wowing audiences before and since winning BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2012. Here she performs two great cello works by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák.

Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's piano piece, Pictures at an Exhibition, is one of the most performed pieces of orchestral music. It is also one of the most vividly descriptive, almost taking the listener's hand as they are led on a tour of the composer's imaginary art exhibition.

Laura van der Heijden
Photo: Sam Trench




2012/2013 - 90th Season
De Montfort Hall, Leicester



Saturday 10 November 2012 at 7.30pm

A GALA EVENING WITH DAME EVELYN GLENNIE

Conductor: John Andrews
Percussion: Dame Evelyn Glennie

A grand celebration for Leicester Symphony Orchestra's 90th season.

Bliss Fanfare for a dignified occasion
Khachaturian Masquerade Suite
Fauré Pavane
Östlund Celebration Fanfare & Procession
(This is the winning piece in the Leicester Symphony Orchestra Composers' Competition)
Veldhuis Barracuda Concerto
Beeson Prometheus Rapture
Sibelius Valse Triste
Sargent Impression on a windy day
M Davies Orkney wedding with sunrise

World-renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie joins the orchestra for a superb evening of music making. This is an evening that is not to be missed!

FREE pre-concert talk at 6.30pm with Dame Evelyn Glennie
Dame Evelyn
Photo: James Wilson/©Evelyn Glennie



Saturday 9 February 2013 at 7.30pm

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Conductor: John Andrews
Piano: Charles Owen

Sibelius Karelia Suite
Grieg Piano Concerto
Sibelius Symphony 2

FREE pre-concert talk at 6.30pm with soloist Charles Owen
Retiring collection in aid of Lord Mayor's appeal
Charles Owen
CHARLES OWEN



Saturday 11 May 2013 at 7.30pm

A ROYAL OCCASION

Conductor: John Andrews

The Leicester Symphony Orchestra joins with the Leicester Philharmonic Choir in a grand celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty the Queen.

Britten National Anthem
Handel (arr. Mackerras) Fireworks (full orchestral version)
Elgar Coronation Ode
Handel Zadok the Priest
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves
Parry I Was Glad
Walton Te Deum
Walton Orb and Sceptre
Parry Old Hundredth
Parry (orch. Elgar) Jerusalem

This concert features pieces performed at Queen Elizabeth's Coronation Service, together with a selection of traditional British music.
LPC Crown



Saturday 20 July 2013 at 7.30pm

Conductor: John Andrews

The De Montfort Hall presents:

A CENTENARY CELEBRATION
of 100 years of music making in the Hall

in association with
The Leicester Symphony Orchestra and
the Leicester Philharmonic Choir

Williams Star Wars Title Theme
Jenkins Adiemus
Williams Theme from Schindler's List
Leigh The Impossible Dream
Goodall The Lord is my Shepherd
Shore Lord of the Rings Symphonic Suite
di Capua/Denza O Sole Mio/Funiculi, Funicula
Handel Zadok the Priest
Orff O Fortuna
Puccini Nessun Dorma
Williams Harry Potter Symphonic Suite
Barry James Bond Suite
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture (choral version)

DMH centenary logo




2011/2012 - 89th Season
De Montfort Hall, Leicester



Saturday 12 November 2011 at 7.30pm

THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

Guest Conductor: Levon Parikian

BUTTERWORTH Banks of Green Willow
RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
ROSSI The Battle of the Somme (with silent film)

After being commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to write a score for the poignant 1916 film Battle of the Somme, contemporary British composer Laura Rossi's work will be performed to accompany a screening of the film.

FREE pre-concert talk at 6.30pm with Dr Toby Haggith from the Imperial War Museum and composer Laura Rossi.

poppies IWM logo



Saturday 18 February 2012 at 7.30pm

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Guest Conductor: John Andrews
Violin: David Le Page

HOLST The Perfect Fool
BRUCH Violin Concerto
BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique

FREE pre-concert talk at 6.30pm with David Le Page
David Le Page



Saturday 28 April 2012 at 7.30pm

Guest Conductor: Toby Purser
Soprano: Denise Leigh
(please note change of soloist)

ELGAR Froissart Overture
A selection of songs for soprano:
. Gounod Jewel Song (from Faust)
. Rachmaninov Vocalise
. Delibes Les Filles de Cadiz
BIZET Carmen (excerpts)
DVORAK Symphony No 8

FREE pre-concert talk at 6.30pm with Denise Leigh

Denise Leigh




2010/2011 - 88th Season
De Montfort Hall, Leicester



Saturday 13 November 2010 at 7.30pm

SPIRIT OF THE DANCE

Guest Conductor: John Andrews
Dancers from the Ann Oliver Stage School and Leicester College of Performing Arts.

Music to include:
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake Suite
BERNSTEIN Overture Candide
DELIBES Prelude & Mazurka from Coppelia
KHACHATURIAN Adagio from Spartacus
BORODIN Polovtsian Dances

Retiring collection in aid of the Lord Mayor's appeal.

dance image



Saturday 12 February 2011 at 7.30pm

THE LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS...EVER

Rainer Hersch - Comedian and Conductor
Mark Holland - Baritone

Music to include well known and much loved Proms favourites

"Gerard Hoffnung meets Victor Borge with some great stand-up humour thrown in for good measure."

The Times.
last night proms image



Saturday 21 May 2011 at 7.30pm

ELGAR Polonia
ELGAR Cello Concerto
SAINT-SAENS Organ Symphony

Guest Conductor: Jacques Cohen
Cello: David Cohen

FREE Pre-concert talk with Neil Roberts and Barry Collett at 6.30pm

"David Cohen gave a deeply moving, highly accomplished and wonderfully musical reading"

The Herald
David Cohen




CONCERT WITH STRASBOURG CHOIR
Fraser Noble Hall, Fraser Noble Building, London Road, Leicester



Sunday 4 July 2010 at 7.30 p.m.

Guest Conductor: Roland Melia
Les Petits Chanteurs de Strasbourg
Nicolai Overture to Merry Wives of Windsor
Faure Cantique de Jean Racine
Faure Introit, Kyrie, Angus Dei and Libera Me (from Requiem)
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 'From the New World'

choir image
This choir is from Leicester's twin town of Strasbourg, and this concert was a return visit for the choir following the orchestra's concert tour to Strasbourg in May 2010 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the twinning.





2009/2010 - 87th Season
De Montfort Hall, Leicester



Saturday 14 November 2009 at 7.30pm

Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan & Isolde
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5

Conductor: Jason Lai
Violin: David Chivers

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Doreen Adnett 1929-2009 a leading violinist in the LSO for over 50 years
David Chivers



Saturday 13 February 2010 at 7.30pm

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6

Conductor: Gerry Cornelius
Piano: Charles Owen

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

Charles Owen



Saturday 24 April 2010 at 7.30pm

Verdi: Requiem*

Conductor: Keith Smith
Soprano: Denise Leigh
Mezzo Soprano: Amy Payne
Tenor: Philip Cartwright
Bass: Sion Goronwy

*with the Leicester Philharmonic Choir





2008/2009 - 86th Season
De Montfort Hall, Leicester



Saturday 15 November 2008 at 7.30pm

Rimsky Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2

Conductor: Pavel Kotla

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm

Retiring collection for the Lord Mayor's appeal



Saturday 14 February 2009 at 7.30pm
"Aspects of Love" - a celebration of St Valentine's Day
Conductor: Roland Melia
Soprano: Katerina Mina
Tenor: James Edwards
Poet: Richard Douglas Pennant
Piano: Natasha Tyrimos

Favourite orchestral music, love songs and arias from stage and screen, featuring Nessun Dorma, Carmen, Titanic, West Side Story, Romeo and Juliet, Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto and many more.

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm

Click here to hear part of the Carmen Suite No 1 by Bizet from this concert.

Roland Melia Katerina Mina James Edwards



Saturday 6 June 2009 7.30pm

Borodin: Prince Igor: Overture
Moniuszko: Bajka (The Fairy Tale)
Sibelius: Finlandia (Choral)*
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 "Choral" *

Conductor: Pavel Kotla
Soprano: Sarah Dacey
Alto: Lucie Spickova
Tenor: Gareth Malone
Bass: Andrew Mcintosh

*with the Leicester Philharmonic Choir

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm

Retiring collection for Coping with Cancer, a Rutland/Leicestershire local charity




2007/2008 - 85th Season
De Montfort Hall, Leicester



Saturday 17th November 2007 at 7.30pm

Hofmeyr: Ingoma
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2
Holst: The Planets

Clarinet: Mark Simpson (BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006)
Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm on the theme of the planets in association with the National Space Centre
Mark Simpson (Photo: BBC YM/Doug Hall)



Saturday 16th February 2008 at 7.30pm
"At last the 1977 New Year's Day Concert"

As part of the Leicester Comedy Festival the LSO will once again be joined by Radio 4 and Classic FM comedian Rainer Hersch. The great capitals of the world are famous for welcoming the start of a brand new year with music. Vienna, Berlin, New York - each packs their fine concert halls with orchestras and audiences celebrating the turn of the calendar with waltzes, polkas and marches by the Strauss family. Not only has Leicester consistently failed to attract this glittering spectacle, in 1977 it forgot to welcome the new year at all...apparently. After their great success at the 2005 Comedy Festival, Radio 4's crown prince of musical comedy, Rainer Hersch, leads the Leicester Symphony Orchestra in a glorious return to put the matter right. Whether you are a music professor or couldn't tell one end of a violin from the other - 'At Last the 1977 New Year's Day Concert' will set you up with a smile on your face and a spring in your step to last a whole twelve months. Guaranteed. The programme will include (all arr. Hersch):

Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus Overture
Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers
Strausses: Pizzicato Polka
Johann Strauss II: Thunder and Lightning Polka
Smetana: Dance of the comedians
Johann Strauss II: Blue Danube
Plus many many others.
Rainer Hersch Leicester Comedy Festival



Saturday 26th April 2008 at 7.30pm

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Elgar: Variations on an original theme (Enigma)

Violin: Charles Siem
Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm with Charles Siem
Retiring collection for the Lord Mayor's appeal
Charles Siem (Photo: David Stubbs)




2006/2007 - 84th Season
De Montfort Hall, Leicester



Saturday 18th November 2006 at 7.30pm
"A Night at the Movies"

featuring music from:-

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Schindler's List, Death in Venice, Dances with Wolves, The Mission, The Big County etc.

An evening not to be missed! A selection of music from your favourite movies - a great night out for the whole family.

Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm with the LSO's new conductor Pavel Kotla.




Saturday 3rd March 2007 at 7.30pm

Wagner: Overture Rienzi
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Shostakovitch: Symphony No.10

Guitar: Gary Ryan

Rodrigo's all time favourite concerto exudes the warm Mediterranean atmosphere of Spain. It is contrasted with Wagner's evocation of ancient Rome and Shostakovitch's masterly 10th symphony which journeys to the heart of Soviet Russia.

Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm with Gary Ryan.
Retiring collection for the Lord Mayor's 'Caring for People' Charity Appeal - Loros and Heart Link.
Gary Ryan ...jewel-like precision ...technical prowess ...such fluency and musicality - Daily Telegraph



Saturday 9th June 2007 at 7.30pm

Elgar: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No.4

Violin: Katharine Gowers

"It's good! Awfully emotional! Too emotional, but I love it." Elgar's own description of his romantic masterpiece cannot be bettered. We celebrate the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth. Alongside Brahms's 4th symphony, the crowning achievement of his career as a symphonist, this will be a double celebration of the romantic tradition.

Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm with Katharine Gowers.
Katharine Gowers ...one of the most marvellously musical and magical experiences - The Strad




2005/2006 - 83rd Season
De Montfort Hall, Leicester



Saturday 12th November 2005 at 7.45pm
"A Night with Evelyn Glennie"

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto No.11 in C major (arr. for vibraphone by Glennie)*
Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor (arr. Thornley)
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Masson: Konzertstuck for Snare Drum and Orchestra*
Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre (violin Mike Shaw)
Maxwell Davies: An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise*

*Percussion: Evelyn Glennie
Pre-concert talk at 7pm with Evelyn Glennie
Sadly this will be Nicholas Daniel's last concert conducting the LSO

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Evelyn Glennie (Photo: Mark Harrison/Good Housekeeping)



Friday 17th February 2006 at 7.45pm
"All classical music explained!"

As part of the Leicester Comedy Festival the LSO will let their hair down with a hilarious performance under the baton of Radio 4 and Classic FM comedian Rainer Hersch. Is the triangle hard? What do conductors actually do? What did Mozart steal from ABBA? It's all here plus the world's most beautiful music as only the LSO know how. "Rainer Hersch is a wickedly funny man, who needs nothing more than a piano and his own wit to leave you desperate for more" - Edinburgh Evening News. "Victor Borge for a new generation" - Sunday Times. The programme will include:

Rossini: William Tell Overture (arr. Hersch)
Pachelbel: Canon (arr. Hersch)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)
Mozart: Symphony No.40 (arr. Hersch)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 "Emperor" (tutti from First Movement)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 "Elvira Madigan" (Adagio)
J Strauss Snr: Radetzky March
Star Trek Theme (arr. Hersch)
Gershwin: "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte (Recitative and Aria "come scoglio")
Coates: Calling All Workers
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suite No.1 (Adagietto)
Bizet: Carmen Overture (arr. Hersch)
Rainer Hersch Leicester Comedy Festival



Saturday 10th June 2006 at 7.45pm

Weber: Overture to Oberon
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 (Pathetique)

Piano: Min-Jung Kym
Pre-concert talk at 7pm with Min-Jung Kym
This will be Pavel Kotla's first concert conducting the LSO
Retiring collection for the Lord Mayor's appeal
Min-Jung Kym




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