Halle to play at Royal Concert Hall

The Halle return to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall for an eagerly-awaited performance, to take place tonight (Wednesday).

The concert is to start at 7.30pm and will be conducted by Markus Stenz.

Four pieces will be played - Beethoven’s First Symphony, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 9, plus two early tone poems by Richard Strauss - Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

The acclaimed German pianist Lars Vogt is to be the soloist in the Piano Concerto, one of the first great Classical-era concertos.

Beethoven’s First Symphony was written 20 years after the Mozart work and is full of exuberance from the talented young composer, embarking on one of the greatest of all symphonic cycles.

Moving forward to 1889, the story of Don Juan provided Richard Strauss with an early chance in his career to unveil a talent for opulent orchestration, depicting a dark hero who was both a swashbuckling adventurer and a sensual lover.

By way of contrast, there’s little that is heroic about Strauss’s incorrigible trickster Till Eulenspiegel, whose nose-thumbing antics drive his neighbours to distraction.

But you’ll find it impossible to resist Till’s misadventures when Strauss’s larger than life score makes them sound like such great fun.

There will be a free pre-concert talk by Markus Stenz from 6.30pm.

Then, 20 minutes after the main performance, there will be free admission to Halle ticket holders (£3 for non-ticket holders), After:Hours takes place.

It will feature Halle soloists plus actor Will Finlason in a performance of Schonberg’s Verklarte Nacht.

This was Schoenberg’s earliest major work and its intense beauty is a far cry from the harder sounds of his later years.

The Richard Dehmel poem that inspired the work for string sextet will be ready by Will Finlason.

Tickets for the main concert are £10-£32.50.

They are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555 or by going online for information to www.trch.co.uk

n Shed Seven will be embarking next month on their first full UK tour in two years, including a visit to Nottingham’s Rock City on Wednesday, December 18.

They have just announced that Mark Morriss, formerly of The Bluetones, will be joining them in the special guest support.

The acclaimed five-piece and much-applauded live band will be performing their greatest hits and a selection of fan favourites, including the ever popular hit singles Going For Gold, Disco Down and Chasing Rainbows. Since getting back together in 2007 for a massive 20-date tour, Shed Seven have continued to sell out shows across the UK.

This new December tour follows last year’s appearances at T in the Park and V festival plus a selection of intimate live dates.

Frontman Rick Witter said: “The Sheds are pleased to announce we will be touring in the run up to the Christmas holidays. We’ve still got it, so yeah, we’re gonna flaunt it.”

Buy tickets at 0844 811 0051.

n The annual skating show presented by skaters from the National Ice Centre in Nottingham has been announced.

Dance To The Music Of Time will take place on Thursday, December 19, at 7pm.

Over 150 skating stars from across the region will showcase their skills and take audiences on an exciting journey through the music of time, from the 1930s to the present day.

Skaters from as young as four will take part in the show at beginner level, all the way through to principal skaters, many of whom compete on the international circuit.

Audiences are promised memorable music, exciting routines and a feast for the eyes with spectacular lighting and videos featuring clips of international, national and local history.

Tickets are priced at £6 for adults and £5 for children (aged 16 years and under).

You can book tickets via the box office by calling on 0843 373 3000.