Paavo Järvi – conductor
Hongni Wu – mezzo-soprano
Philharmonia Voices (Ladies)
Tiffin Boys’ Choir


Mahler Symphony No. 3 Listen

Where to begin with getting to know a six-movement piece 100 minutes long, and calling on 100 orchestral musicians, a solo singer and two choirs?

Mahler himself provided a guide – it’s clear from his original movement titles that he wanted his music to embrace nature, humanity and divine love. But we’d perhaps do best to heed his advice: “You just have to bring along ears and a heart, and – not least – willingly surrender.”

Leading the orchestra, singers and listeners into Mahler’s rich and compelling musical world is Grammy Award-winning conductor Paavo Järvi, a longstanding and hugely respected collaborator with the Orchestra. Soloist Hongni Wu is a graduate of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, acclaimed for the “youthful bloom and richness” of her voice (The New York Times).

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Prices & Discounts

£15 – £70

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

Running time:

1 hr 35 minutes, no 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


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Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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