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Leicester: Santtu conducts Beethoven and Sibelius

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducting the Philharmonia at De Montfort Hall, Leicester


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Steven Osborne – piano


Nielsen Helios Overture

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, 'Emperor'

— Interval —

Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Beethoven didn’t think up the ‘Emperor’ nickname for his concerto himself, but it’s easy to understand when you hear its majestic opening. Tonight it’s in the hands of Steven Osborne, a musician ‘in the top tier of pianists worldwide’ (The Telegraph).

Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 starts with a whisper from horns and timpani that grows into a glorious evocation of sunrise. In the finale comes the moment Sibelius fans have been waiting for – the magnificent ‘swan’ theme, with its jubilant horn chords and sweeping strings. Sibelius wrote it after witnessing 16 swans in flight: “One of the great experiences of my life! God, how beautiful,” he wrote in his diary.

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Prices & Discounts

£20 – £45

Subscription discounts available over the phone at 0116 233 3111; £10 tickets available for those aged 25 or under and students (£25 for top price tickets); half-price tickets available for recipients of Universal Credit

Running time

1 hour 40 minutes, including 20-minute interval

Programme notes

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

Box office

De Montfort Hall box office: 0116 233 3111


De Montfort Hall
De Montfort Hall, Leicester

De Montfort Hall

Granville Rd

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