- Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture
- Violin Concerto
- Adagio for Strings
- Symphony No. 7
- Eduardo Portal
- Matthew Trusler
In no other violin concerto is the soloist’s first note, so delicately dissonant and offbeat, more beautiful, than in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Performed by one of Britain’s leading violinists, Matthew Trusler, this piece demonstrates Sibelius’ passion for the violin and complete understanding of the sound of the instrument.
Led by Spanish maestro Eduardo Portal, the Orchestra will open the concert with layers of lively, fast-paced strings in the Overture to Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila. With its long, expressive lines and elegiac mood, Barber’s Adagio for Strings has been described as the American anthem of mourning, having been played at notable figure’s funerals.
Closing the concert will be Beethoven’s stirring Symphony No.7, a wonderful blend of orchestral gravitas and swelling tunes, recently used to great effect in the film The King’s Speech.
6.15pm: RPO Prelude
A performance of Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major
Tickets: £10. More info