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Estonian National Symphony Orchestra standing in a beige room looking up at the camera Image Credit: Kroot Tarkmeel

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Part of the Orchestral Series 2022-23
Thursday 18 May 2023 7:30pm
Butterworth Hall
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Ticket prices between: £16 - £43 (Concessions available)

Package discount for booking 4 or more concerts in the 22/23 series applied automatically during checkout.

Conductor: Olari Elts
Soloist: Freddy Kempf (piano)

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2
Thea Musgrave Song of Enchanter
Sibelius Symphony No.5


2 hours (incl. interval)

Recommended Age:
Suitable for all

Warwick Arts Centre favourite Freddy Kempf returns as soloist to conclude our 2022-2023 orchestral season.

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra is led by Olari Elts who began his tenure as ENSO’s Music Director and Chief Conductor in 2020.

A varied programme includes Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, which marked the composer’s triumphant return to form after struggling with his mental health. Surprisingly, his Symphony No.1, which debuted in 1897, initially received a poor reception, but now the symphony is now seen as ground-breaking.

Around the performance nestles Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s elegy to mark the passing of Britten, a much-admired British giant who had passed away the previous year, and Thea Musgrave’s short 1990 piece honouring the 125th anniversary of Sibelius’ birth before Jean Sibelius’ own Symphony No.5

With its familiar ‘swan-call’ motif, Sibelius' Fifth was commissioned from the composer by the Finnish Government to honour his own 50th birthday in 1915.

Pre-Concert Talk

Freddy Kempf sitting on a garden chair outside, backwards, with his arms crossed

Freddy Kempf

Pre-Concert Talk in the Helen Martin Studio with Freddy Kempf at 6.15pm before the main concert.
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Orchestral Series 22/23 Packages

Book for 4 or more concerts from the 22/23 Orchestral Series and receive the following benefits:

  • Early choice on all the best seats
  • Save up to 16% on full price tickets
  • Spread the cost of your ticket by direct Debit*
  • Free ticket exchange**
  • Reduced price of £2.50 for pre-concert talks

  • *available for 4 or more concerts. Deadline for Direct Debit applications Fri 19 Aug 2022

    ** tickets to be returned with 24 hours’ notice of event and exchanged within the package.

    See all Orchestral Series 2022-23

    Package Discounts Cost of each performance package including £2.50 booking fee
    When you book % Off Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E
    8 concerts 16% £292.16 £272.00 £251.84 £204.80 £164.48
    7 concerts 16% £255.64 £238.00 £220.36 £179.20 £143.92
    6 concerts 12% £228.84 £213.00 £197.16 £160.20 £128.52
    5 concerts 12% £190.70 £177.50 £164.30 £133.50 £107.10
    4 concerts 8% £159.04 £148.00 £136.96 £111.20 £89.12
    3 concerts 8% £119.28 £111.00 £102.72 £83.40 £66.84