F J HaydnViolin Concerto in C major
F J HaydnSymphony No.45 in F sharp minor
MozartSymphony No.10 in G major
MozartViolin Concerto in A major ‘Turkish’

One night in Vienna, Haydn turned to Mozart‘s father Leopold and told him: “Your son is the greatest composer known to me – alive or dead”. So what better partners for this lovely programme from the Academy of Ancient Music than two of music’s greatest friends?

It’s the idea of tonight’s director, violinist Alina Ibragimova. She’s already won every award going – up to and including a Classical Brit. Now she switches to the wonderfully authentic sound of a reproduction 18th Century violin to play two of the classical era’s most entertaining violin showpieces: Haydn’s sparkling concerto in C major, and the zingy, shamelessly tuneful Turkish concerto by Mozart. Then she becomes first amongst equals, to lead the AAM’s virtuoso players in Mozart’s spirited 10th symphony – not bad for a 14 year-old! – and Haydn’s delightfully droll Farewell symphony: music that proves that the old jokes are the best. And 250-year-old ones are the best of all!

Pre-concert talk: Woods-Scawen Room 1.45pm. Click here for more information.