Nigel leads way in new season

Mark Elder.
Mark Elder.

VIOLINISt extraordinaire Nigel Kennedy tops the line-up of top artistes and orchestras who will be performing in the newly-announced Nottingham Classics 2011-2012 season.

Other big names who will be appearing in the 14-concert series at the Royal Concert Hall include violinist Tamsin Little, the Halle, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Halle will make five appearances, kicking off on September 30 with Debussy’s La Mer and works by Suk, Dvorak and Ravel.

Their November 24 concert includes Dukas’s Sorceror’s Apprentice and Respighi’s Pines Of Rome before they return twice in quick succession, first for the Halle Christmas Concert on December 22, and then on January 20 under the baton of chief conductor Sir Mark Elder to play Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.

The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra play Rachmaninov’s First Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on October 12 and the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra tackle Shostakovich’s mammoth Symphony No 7 – the Leningrad – on November 9.

Marin Alsop brings the LPO to the Royal Concert Hall on February 9 for Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony and a brace of Liszt’s piano concertos while the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined on February 20 by star soloist Tasmin Little to play Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. The orchestra, and conductor Vassily Sinaisky will also be tackling Wagner’s Prelude to Act Three of his opera Lohengrin and Elgar’s First Symphony.

The BBC Philharmonic return on April 26 for a concert entitled Discovering Mahler, focusing solely on that composer’s Fifth Symphony.

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra play Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart on May 8 and the glittering season of classical treats ends on June 4 with the Nigel Kennedy Gala Concert.

He will playing the Brahms Violin Concerto with conductor Andrew Litton and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert also features performances of Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

Ticket details for all of the concerts will be available from the box office at the Royal Concert Hall on 0115 9895555.