Cristian Măcelaru – conductor
Nicola Benedetti – violin


Muhly One Line, Two Shapes

Brahms Violin Concerto Listen

— Interval —

Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3 Listen

Nicola Benedetti, one of our Featured Artists this season, performs a pinnacle of the violin repertoire.

The first movement of Brahms’s Violin Concerto brims with such spontaneity and freshness that it almost seems the soloist is creating it on the spot. The second opens with a gorgeously serene theme, introduced by the oboe and then taken up by the violin. And the third has a fiery Hungarian flavour, demanding the perfect balance of precision and freedom, energy and expressiveness. It’s the perfect showcase for Nicola Benedetti, acclaimed for her ‘grace, inner warmth [and] dazzling dexterity’ (The Scotsman).

Rachmaninov wrote his Third Symphony in his villa on the shores of Lake Lucerne, during breaks in his busy schedule as a concert pianist. Far from giving it a holiday mood, though, he infused it with longing for his lost Russian homeland.

To open his debut concert with the Philharmonia, Romanian conductor Christian Măcelaru has chosen Nico Muhly’s One Line, Two Shapes. Composed in 2021, it speaks of the isolation we experienced during the Covid-19 lockdowns in music that is profoundly moving.

Supported by Sir Sydney Lipworth KC and Lady Lipworth CBE

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£20 – £75

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse (limited availability)

Running time

2 hrs, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

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

Box office

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

After the event

Nicola Benedetti smiling
9.30pm, Clore Ballroom

Insights Talk

Suzanne Doyle interviews Nicola Benedetti.

Free, no ticket required


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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