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Santtu conducts Mahler

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Booking for Friends of the Philharmonia opens at 10am on Thursday 4 November. General booking opens at 10 am on Thursday 11 November.

Principal Conductor Santtu Matias-Rouvali conducts the Philharmonia.


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Mari Eriksmoen – soprano
Jennifer Johnston – mezzo-soprano
Philharmonia Chorus


Mahler Symphony No. 2, Resurrection Listen

“London’s Mahlerian orchestra par excellence” (Bachtrack) invites you into Gustav Mahler’s world – a world saturated with orchestral colour.

Since it was founded in 1945, the Philharmonia has given many outstanding performances of Mahler’s epic, all-embracing symphonies. Now Santtu-Matias Rouvali crowns his first season as the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor with the great Resurrection Symphony, scored for a large orchestra, two solo singers and chorus.

In his own programme notes for the symphony’s premiere, Mahler describes the work’s rollercoaster of an emotional journey: the first movement represents a funeral. Then come movements depicting happy memories, followed by the fear that life may have no meaning at all. But reassurance comes from the soprano who sings “I come from God, and to God I shall return.” In the monumental finale soloists and chorus affirm “O believe, you were not born for nothing!”

Soprano Mari Eriksmoen replaces Erin Morley, who is no longer able to take part in this concert.

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Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Student tickets


Available through Student Pulse.

Running time:

1h 30 minutes, no interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Read the digital programme here. Free printed programmes will be available on the evening too.

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


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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