Elgar himself said that his First Symphony spoke of “a wide experience of life… and a massive hope in the future.”
Premiered in 1908, when Elgar was 51 years old, the work was an immediate success. Over a century later, it would still top many people’s lists of the finest music ever written by a British composer. Full of passion and poignancy, and characteristically noble melodies, this is music that packs a real emotional punch – a performance to thrill as we return to Cardiff for the first time in 2022.
Joining us on stage is Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes, “a violinist in a class of his own” (The Times). Every aspect of his outstanding musicianship, from dreamy lyricism to exuberant virtuosity, has its moment in Bruch’s expressive masterpiece. In Ehnes’s hands, it’s a chance to truly see why this concerto is loved by so many audiences across the world.
John Wilson is a regular guest conductor with the Philharmonia. His most recent performance with the Orchestra, streamed during lockdown, received five-star reviews and was acclaimed for his “impeccable direction” (The Times).
Need to know
Prices & Discounts
£10 – £43
£5 tickets available for students and under-26s; 50% off for disabled bookers and companion; 10% off for over-65s; one under-16 child ticket free when booked with an adult. Group discounts available.
2 hours, including 20-minute interval
Priority booking dates for subscribers and supporters commence from Friday 27 August; public booking opens on Thursday 2 September
St David’s Hall box office: 02920 878444