Pablo Heras-Casado – conductor
Nicola Benedetti – violin


Farrenc Overture No. 1 Listen

Bruch Scottish Fantasy Listen

— Interval —

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Listen

Star violinist Nicola Benedetti CBE is the perfect interpreter of Bruch’s rhapsodic Scottish Fantasy, a homage to her homeland.

One of Bruch’s best-loved pieces, the Fantasy is concerto-like in scale, with each of its three movements based on a different Scottish folksong. For Benedetti, the Philharmonia’s Featured Artist this season, this is music close to her heart.

There’s so much more to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 than that stop-you-in-your-tracks opening. And whether you’ve heard a dozen different recordings, or never listened to it all the way through, it’s well worth experiencing it live. The opening ‘Fate’ idea returns in the mysterious Scherzo, and the finale takes us from that eerie, shadowy world into a blaze of dazzling light.

The programme also features the dramatic Overture No. 1 by French composer Louise Farrenc. Celebrated in her lifetime for her music of power and poise, an acclaimed concert pianist and internationally renowned teacher, she was the only woman professor at the Paris Conservatoire in the whole of the 19th century.

This concert is supported by Sir Sydney Lipworth KC and Lady Lipworth CBE in memory of their son, Bertrand Ivan Lipworth.


Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£20 – 75

Multibuy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Running time

1 hr 50 mins, including an interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available here.

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