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Bedford Friends’ coach trip


Paavo Järvi conducting on stage, holding up his baton


Paavo Järvi – conductor
Zhang Zuo – piano


Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2

Mahler Symphony No. 5

Reserve your place now for our annual Bedford Friends’ coach trip to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. This trip includes return travel from Bedford, a ticket in the front stalls, and plenty of free time to spend in London.

Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi takes the helm for the afternoon’s journey from the solemn grandeur of the first movement of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, with its portentous opening trumpet fanfare, to the joyful affirmation of the finale. Acclaimed as a “superb” Mahler interpreter (Bachtrack), Järvi has been a regular collaborator with the Philharmonia for over thirty years.

Electrifying young pianist Zhang Zuo is better known as Zee Zee to her friends and many fans around the world. She opens the concert with Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, full of emotion, virtuosity and passion.

The performance begins at 3pm.