Nicola Benedetti – violin
Philharmonia musicians


Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence Listen

Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Listen

Nicola Benedetti is withdrawing from this performance as she is expecting her first child in May.  The performance is cancelled, and bookers are being refunded.

We are sorry for the disappointment, and hope to welcome you to another Philharmonia performance. You can hear compelling violinist Isabelle Faust in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on Sunday 2 June, and Sol Gabetta in Shostakovich’s fiery Cello Concerto No. 1 on Thursday 6 June.

The ever-popular violinist Nicola Benedetti leads a group of soloists from the Philharmonia Orchestra in vivid chamber music inspired by art and poetry.
When Tchaikovsky visited Florence, he fell in love with the place, its art and its music. His Souvenir de Florence preserves some of the wonder he felt there.When Schoenberg read ‘Verklärte Nacht’ by the poet Richard Dehmel, he was moved to turn it into a wordless tone-poem, fuelled by his own new-found passion for the woman who later became his wife.Both composers, writing in a flood of inspiration, chose the luscious sounds of a string sextet for their purposes, creating works that made the most of the ensemble’s capacity for rich harmonies and lavish expression.Benedetti leads a group of soloists from the Philharmonia Orchestra in a celebration of this irresistible medium.A committed and accomplished performance from Benedetti, whose playing combines soaring lyrical sweetness with muscular confidence’ – The GuardianThere was an enjoyable balance, too, between the [Philharmonia Chamber] players’ individual musical personalities … so much so that you’d be convinced that this was a long-established chamber group’ – The Strad

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£15 – £52.50

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

Running time

1 hr 15 minutes

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm


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