Concert to celebrate Vladimir’s half-century

The latest concert in the Nottingham Classics season at the city’s Royal Concert Hall takes place on Wednesday, April 30.

The concert gets under way at 7.30pm and will be a Philharmonia Gala Concert, to be conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.

The programme consists of three much-loved pieces, all of which have been associated with Vladimir Ashkenazy during his half-century as a leading pianist and conductor, a towering figure in the world of classical music.

The concert begins with Sibelius’s evergreen tone poem Finlandia, written in 1899 and soon taken up by his fellow countrymen as a call to arms in their bid to throw off the rule of their neighbours Russia.

Written only a year later, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is arguably that composer most popular work and will feature soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Its combination of big, romantic melodies and rhythmic punch helped it to achieve almost instant worldwide acclaim.

The third work in the concert is to be Tchaikovksy’s multi-faceted and justifiably popular Fifth Symphony.

Tickets for this gala concert cost £15-£38 and are available by calling the box office for information 0n 0115 9895555. Alternatively, see