Please note: Sir Mark Elder is recovering from an illness and is only able to conduct the first half of this evening’s symphony. We are delighted that the Hallé’s Assistant Conductor, Jamie Phillips, is able to take Sir Mark’s place on the podium for the second half of the concert.

RavelMother Goose (complete ballet music)
Richard StraussOrchestral Songs
BeethovenSymphony No.7

The Hallé has long been a British musical institution – and in recent years, under music director Sir Mark Elder, it’s been creating new legends. Elder and the Hallé are one of the great conductor / orchestra partnerships of our time, with the kind of rapport, spontaneity and joint artistry that comes from years of shared music making.

Jamie Phillips is the Hallé’s youngest ever assistant conductor at 22 years old. He has conducted the Hallé in The Bridgewater Hall in programmes shared with Sir Mark Elder, and is Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra.

Hold onto your seats then, as together they launch into Beethoven’s heaven-storming Seventh Symphony: 40 minutes of great melodies, headlong energy and pure rhythm. This is music that makes you glad to be alive. So, in a different way, does Ravel’s adorable fairy-tale ballet Mother Goose, and Elder and the Hallé will make it glow with delicate colour.

Savour every magical note; and revel in the sumptuous romance of Richard Strauss’s gorgeous orchestral songs – a wonderfully indulgent way to celebrate Strauss’s anniversary year.

Pre-concert talk with Tom Redmond: Woods-Scawen Room 6.15pm. Click here for more information.