Discovering French classics

Juanjo Mena, BBC Philarmonic's principal conductor Juanjo Mena
Juanjo Mena, BBC Philarmonic's principal conductor Juanjo Mena

The Royal Concert Hall’s latest Nottingham Classics season continues after the festive break with a performance on Wednesday, January 14, from 7.30pm.

The concert is called Discovering Debussy and features BBC Radio Three presenter Stephen Johnson with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Juanjo Mena.

The works to be performed are the great French composer’s Images and Prelude A L’Apres-Midi D’Un Faune. Stephen Johnson will be your guide in this absorbing exploration of Debussy’s groundbreaking soundscapes, which will be illustrated with live orchestral excerpts before a complete performance of both works.

Tickets are £10. Call the box office on 0115 9895555.

Later in the season, the Czech Philharmonic, always a popular visitor to Nottingham, returns on April 21 with the effervescent British violinist Chloë Hanslip and a programme that mixes music from the orchestra’s homeland and German and British classics, including Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra joins forces with violin star Nicola Benedetti on June 13, while the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra return to perform symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich under its inspirational maestro Vasily Petrenko. At the heart of the season, the Hallé continues to go from strength to strength as Nottingham Classics’ resident orchestra under Sir Mark Elder.

Neil Bennison, music programme manager for the Royal Concert Hall, said: “I honestly can’t remember a time when we had so many world-renowned soloists and orchestras in one season. Once in a while things all fall into place and you arrive at a season that is strong in every area. 2014-15 looks like being one of those occasions.”

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