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Open Rehearsal: Santtu and Nemanja Radulović

Royal Festival Hall
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Nemanja Radulović playing violin in the outdoors, his hair blowing in the wind


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Nemanja Radulović – violin


Khachaturian Three Pieces from the ballet 'Gayaneh'

Khachaturian Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1

How does a conductor communicate their interpretation of a piece with an orchestra and the soloist as they prepare for a performance?

Our Open Rehearsals give you access to this creative process and allow you to see the Philharmonia at work. Learn more about the pieces and start to listen to your favourites with a fresh pair of ears.

Violinist Nemanja Radulović, our Featured Artist this season, brings his characteristic warmth and flair to Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto. He’s a seasoned and much-admired performer of this concerto – his 2018 recording for Deutsche Grammophon topped the classical charts. He has all the virtuosity required for the folk-infused first movement, the soulfulness for the second movement’s melancholy song, and the panache for the fiery finale.

Tchaikovsky gave his First Symphony the title ‘Winter Daydreams’, and his individual movement titles summon up images of a journey through the snow, and a landscape shrouded in mist. Our Principal Conductor Santtu has a real affinity for Tchaikovsky’s music – he’ll be an illuminating guide through this work the composer affectionately referred to as “a sin of my sweet youth”.

Setting the tone are three movements from Khachaturian’s colourful ballet Gayaneh. Hold on to your hat for the exhilarating Sabre Dance, with its distinctive marimba melody and trombone glissandi.




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Running time

Approximately 3 hrs (subject to change)

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Digital programme notes available closer to the rehearsal.

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Phone: 020 7921 3906

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Open rehearsals are not performances. Playing may be paused at various intervals in order for the conductor, soloist and orchestra to agree on specific styles and dynamics.

Open rehearsals will take place in the auditorium where the concert is due to be performed, unless otherwise specified. Times and repertoire being rehearsed will be confirmed prior to the rehearsal date, as these schedules are subject to change.

Please note that open rehearsals are working processes for the conductor and the Orchestra, we cannot guarantee that pieces will be played in their entirety. Timings are subject to change and every endeavour will be made to let ticket holders know in advance about any such changes. Please check our website for up-to-date information.


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