West Yorkshire Playhouse and Music & Lyrics Limited present a new production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, opening at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on 2 December, with a national press night on Thursday 10 December, for a nine-week season finishing on 30 January 2016.  The UK & Ireland Tour will then open at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016 for a two-week run.  Further dates and casting to be announced.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG has music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman, who were also responsible for Mary PoppinsThe Slipper and the RoseThe Aristocats and The Jungle Book.  The Sherman Brothers have won two Academy Awards with a further nine nominations, two Grammy Awards and they have received 21 gold and platinum albums.

The film made from Ian Fleming’s classic story has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, based on the MGM Motion Picture Licensed Script adapted by Ray Roderick.

This new production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG will be directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, with new choreography by Stephen Mear and production design by Simon Higlett.

James Brining said, “Directing such an iconic show is a great opportunity, a thrilling challenge for any director. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a brilliant adventure story, filled with classic songs and scenes that hold so many memories for so many people. I cannot wait to bring the show not only to Leeds but also to audiences across the UK and Ireland.”

The new production will have sensational sets and stunning special effects and, of course, the memorable score by the Sherman Brothers, which includes such standards as Truly ScrumptiousToot SweetsHushabye Mountain and the Oscar-nominated title song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, “We are delighted Chitty will fly once again around the UK and Ireland. The show has a very special place in our hearts and we are happy to entrust it to Music & Lyrics and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.”

John Stalker said, “Music & Lyrics is honoured to be bringing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang back to the stage and into the lives of hundreds of thousands of theatregoers. Our new production will delight and enthral lovers of the fantasmagorical film and introduce Chitty to brand new audiences.”


This production is presented by permission of JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York.

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2 December 2015 – 30 January 2016        West Yorkshire Playhouse            

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10–21 February 2016                                Southampton Mayflower                                        

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Vincent & Flavia farewell tour

Vincent and Flavia - The Last Tango - Leeds Grand TheatreTHEIR FINAL EVER TOUR

Britain’s best-loved dance duo to perform together in theatres for the last time.

Fresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn, Strictly superstars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet as the pair prepare to dance in their final ever theatre show. The Last Tango opens in September 2015 and will visit Darlington Civic Theatre in May 2016.

Twenty years of dancing together has seen them become Strictly Come Dancing favorites, World Argentine Tango Champions, and create and star in their own Olivier Award nominated West End productions – but now, as the nation’s favorite dancers prepare to take on new projects, it is time for Vincent and Flavia to say goodbye to audiences across the UK in a brand new, thrilling live performance.

Flavia said; “We have had such a fantastic time creating and dancing in Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn. It’s an incredible experience to perform live in front of our wonderful audience night after night, but all good things must come to an end, so we’re creating our final ever theatre show. It’s going to be intimate, intense and full of our award-winning Argentine tango. The Last Tango is going to showcase our best work and most beautiful dance moves before we finally say farewell to theatre.”

Vincent said “The last few years have been amazing – we’ve loved it. It may be our final theatre tour but we’re going to go out with a bang! This is going to be our best show yet!”

Don’t miss your last ever chance to see this dynamic duo do what they do best live – in an intimate, passionate and explosive experience. It’s time for The Last Tango.

The Last Tango is directed by Olivier Award winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce and produced by Adam Spiegel Productions (The Producers, Dance ‘Til Dawn, Midnight Tango, Love Me Tender).

The Last Tango is at Darlington Civic Theatre from Monday May 16 to Saturday May 21, 2016. Tickets* are priced from £21 – £36

To book contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit

*All ticket prices include a £1 restoration levy

THE WHO’S TOMMY returns to London

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Guy James, and Ilai Szpiezak for Szpiezak Productions

in association with Greenwich Theatre








Almost 20 years after its last UK production, The Who’s Tommy will play a limited run at Greenwich Theatrethis Summer, marking the 40th Anniversary of the original film and the 50th Anniversary of The Who.


Based on the iconic 1969 double-album rock opera, which later became a film of the same title, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating musical about hope, healing, and the human spirit. 


After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia, and as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbours. But as an adolescent, he is discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, a talent that breaks through his catatonia and puts him on the path to international superstardom. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired and amazed audiences for more than 40 years. 

The five-time Tony Award, four-time Drama Desk Award and three-time Olivier Award winning musical was translated to the stage by director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and The Who’s Pete Townshend into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event. This brand new production, the first UK revival in 19 years, will mark the 40th Anniversary of the original film and the 50th Anniversary of The Who. 


The Who’s Tommy has Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend and Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, with Additional Music and Lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon. It is staged and directed by award-winning director Michael Strassen with Musical Direction by Kevin Oliver Jones. It is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Guy James, and Ilai Szpiezak for Szpiezak Productions in association with Greenwich Theatre, by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

Casting is to be announced.






Press Night: Friday 31st July, 7.30pm

Performances: Tuesday – Sunday 7.30pm, Saturday 3.00pm (No perfs 2/4 August)

Tickets: £25, £20 (Concessions), £15 (Previews) 
Box Office 020 8858 7755 |


The Last Tango


Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace



Britain’s best-loved dance duo to perform together in theatres for the last time

Vincent and Flavia - The Last Tango - Leeds Grand TheatreFresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn, Strictly superstars Vincent Simone andFlavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet as the pair prepare to dance in their final ever theatre show.

The Last Tango is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th May 2016 – tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday April 24th at 10am.

Twenty years of dancing together has seen them become Strictly Come Dancing favourites, World Argentine Tango Champions, and create and star in their own Olivier Award nominated West End productions – but now, as the nation’s favourite dancers prepare to take on new projects, it is time for Vincent and Flavia to say goodbye to audiences across the UK in a brand new, thrilling live performance.

Flavia said; “We have had such a fantastic time creating and dancing in Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn. It’s an incredible experience to perform live in front of our wonderful audience night after night, but all good things must come to an end, so we’re creating our final ever theatre show. It’s going to be intimate, intense and full of our award-winning Argentine tango. The Last Tango is going to showcase our best work and most beautiful dance moves before we finally say farewell to theatre.”

Vincent “The last few years have been amazing – we’ve loved it. It may be our final theatre tour but we’re going to go out with a bang! This is going to be our best show yet!”

Don’t miss your last ever chance to see this dynamic duo do what they do best live – in an intimate, passionate and explosive experience. It’s time for The Last Tango.

The Last Tango goes on sale at Leeds Grand Theatre on Friday 24th April at 10am.


Tickets are priced from £19.50 to £39.


Book online at or call box office on 0844 848 2700.



An Interview with Shai Fishman – Co-Creator, Arranger and Musical Director of the Voca People

Photo by Leon SokoletskiWhere did the idea to form the Voca People come from?

Shai Fishman: Lior Kalfo – the director of the show – approached me about five years ago with an idea for an a cappella and beat box musical comedy show. I am a great fan of a cappella and vocal arrangements are one of my strengths, so I jumped at the opportunity. We spent a long time figuring out how to make this show special and unique, since we knew there were a lot of wonderful a cappella groups out there, such as Take 6 and Naturally 7…

Slowly but surely, musical ideas began to develop in my mind for a new concept for the arrangements.  I didn’t want the Vocas to have a classic a cappella sound, but instead wanted to preserve and accentuate the original arrangements and well-known musical riffs of popular songs. In a sense, I wanted the Voca People to have a musical language of their own – with their own way of simulating guitars, brass, percussion, drums and bass. This, combined with the show’s storyline, is what made this project so innovative. Together with the Vocas, we brought something incredibly unique to a field that needed new inspiration.

How did the group members meet?

Shai: We wanted to form an ‘elite squad’ of musical talents, so only the most talented, gifted out-of-this-world talents were carefully chosen. They needed to have skills not only as singers and beat boxing; they also need topossess comic and dancing skills

Why did they choose the white motif for their costumes and make-up?

Shai: It’s a show unlike any other show. There are no stars but the music itself. The Voca People are aliens in the sense that they have unearthly abilities. it’s an ‘outsider’s’ view on Earth’s music, unique arrangements (medleys) containing over 100 well-known hits, beloved melodies and themes from all times . 

The show is filled with love of music and humour, and maybe the most important thing is that it’s an innocent and ego-less show. Music and harmonies are the real stars. It is a great way of shifting the focus of the a cappella, so that it becomes much more than just singing.  It is about a simple, yet captivating, story, in which music becomes the language that bridges the gap between aliens and humans, who have no other way of communicating .

What kind of vocal training is required for their live shows?

Shai: Exceptional! It starts with the fact that they have unbelievable skills and unique vocal capabilities. The rest is very hard work as a cappella and beat box require perfect harmony and accuracy to recreate the sound of a full orchestra without using any musical instruments

 What are the criteria when choosing the repertoire of the shows?

Shai:  Most of the music in our show is popular/well-known music. I wanted to help the Vocas strike a chord with anyone who watches the show, from a kid in China to a grandfather in Italy. I was going for the most well-known, critically acclaimed artists and their songs. I knew I was taking a risk by tackling songs most arrangers wouldn’t dare to touch, because they will inevitably be compared to the originals. With songs by the Beatles, Queen and Michael Jackson, I knew that unless I created arrangements that balanced my ideas with the magic of the originals, I’d be at risk of the show being too ‘karaoke’. There’s also something

wonderful that happens when the audience recognizes the songs, even before a word has been sung, because the arrangement is so exact and true to the original. For example, when we deliver the opening to ‘Billy Jean’, the famous bass line plays and people recognize it even before the lyrics are sung. They thoroughly enjoy it, because they are more involved.

 How much improvisation is there in the show?

Shai: When it comes to music – 0%!  Yet each show is a unique evening as Voca People interact with their crowd and together, a magical journey through earth’s greatest music is being formed. They go down to the audience and include it in the experience; sometimes they even bring members of the audience to the stage.  These moments are improvised and open to the Voca People’s creativity – and the audience always loves it!

Which do you think is the secret of the Voca People’s worldwide success?

Shai: Fortunately the audience reacts to the show almost hysterically, as if Michael Jackson just appeared on stage; people scream, shout and wildly applaud! The show is understood very well around the world, from Brazil to Italy, USA, France and Mexico – everybody loves the songs and understands the humor. At the end of the Show, people are on their feet, stomping their feet, dancing and singing. Often we might see a grandfather with his grandchild in the audience, both equally enjoying the show and dancing together. I guess that anybody who loves and appreciates music and sees the show can rediscover their ‘inner child’ for an hour and a half.

What message do the group want to give to the audience?

Shai: (laughing) Make music, not war! Music is one of the most powerful forces in nature and it can become an intercultural bridge. Enjoy. Sing. Laugh. İnteract with your inner child through the music of the Voca People. 

Voca People are at Darlington Civic Theatre on Monday 18 May, 7.30pm

Tickets* £18 & £20

To book contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit

*Includes a £1 restoration levy

Success for Darlington Civic Theatre’s ArtsSpark student

ArtsSpark are proud to share the news that one of their students, Jamie Heward, will soon be taking his next big step towards becoming a professional performer.

Jamie has been a member of ArtsSpark for over 2 years and has just been awarded a place at the prestigious Urdang Dance Academy in London. His course – the B.A. Hons Professional Dance and Musical Theatre, will see Jamie spend 3 years from September honing his craft with some of the best teachers in the business.

ArtsSpark Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes provide a fun creative environment for young people aged five and over to participate in quality theatre and dance activities leading to regular performance opportunities across the region. Led by professional practitioners, ArtsSpark sessions focus on developing excellent performance skills and technique as well as building teamwork, trust, and communication skills, building confidence and self-esteem.

Sessions take place at Hummersknott Academy, a secondary school located to the west of Darlington. Hummersknott Academy provides excellent workshop and performance spaces for our sessions, with plenty of free parking.

The children and young people who take part also have access to opportunities at the Civic Theatre, including discounted theatre tickets, the chance to take part in workshops from visiting theatre companies and performance opportunities at the Civic Theatre.

Recent opportunities have included various Festivals and events regionally and nationally including the East Midlands Regional Youth Theatre Festival, Darlington Civic Theatre, The Arc in Stockton, Dance City Newcastle and Middlesbrough Theatre.

They have also performed alongside the professionals in recent Civic Theatre shows such as To Sir, With Love, Goodnight Mr Tom, and The Good Old Days of Musical Hall and Variety. There have also been workshop opportunities with professional Theatre and Dance companies such as Duka Dance (a South African based Dance Company), Balletboyz, Pilot Theatre Company, the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, Frantic Assembly, Blind Summit and many many more!

For more information contact the Audience Development and Participation Officer on 01325 405510 or check out the website at



A thrilling new production of Jim Cartwright’s much-loved The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice is presented by West Yorkshire Playhouseand Birmingham Repertory Theatre this spring. The Olivier award-winning play about the painfully shy but hugely talented Little Voice and her faultless impersonations of the greatest divas will be directed by James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse and stars Vicky Entwistle, Chris Gascoyne and Nancy Sullivan.
Little Voice spends day after day alone in her bedroom finding escape in the records that were left behind after the death of her father. The extraordinary voices of Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe fill the rooms and Little Voice is transported. As her blowsy mother Mari shrieks and shouts her way around the house, Little Voice hears the musical heroines, and matching them note for note, sings… and her world is transformed.
When local talent agent Ray Say, Mari’s latest boyfriend, overhears he sees a way out of this town; this is his chance for the high-life, his road to the showbiz big-time. All he has to do is find a way to take Little Voice with him. Persuaded by the tacky talent scout, pushed by an overbearing mother, a nervous Little Voice blasts out Bassey, but will she have the courage to find her own voice?
Jim Cartwright’s award-winning comedy explodes with huge iconic ballads and beautifully crafted wit. Cartwright’s darkly comic play was first produced in 1992 with Jane Horrocks as Little Voice, before winning an Olivier Award for best comedy and then becoming a film starring Jane alongside Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn.
Director of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, James Brining says of the production:
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is that rare kind of play that combines real humour and comedy with a heart breaking story as well as the power of music to transport an audience. It’s also got a political heart and we are loving finding all the ways that the play can speak to an audience today, almost 25 years after the original production.”
Nancy Sullivan stars as LV, a painfully shy girl with a bold and beautiful voice. Nancy’s theatre credits include The Wizard Of Oz (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Nikolai Foster’s recent production The Good Person Of Sichuan (Colchester Mercury Theatre). Other credits include the role of Eponine in Trevor Nunn’s Les Miserables in the West End from 2008 – 2010.
Playing LV’s mother, Mari, is Vicky Entwistle. Alongside playing Coronation Street’s infamous Janice Battersby Vicky Entwistle has also been seen in The Bill, her credits for the stage have included roles in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Bill Kenwright’s Funny Peculiarand Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables.
Joining them is Chris Gascoyne as Ray Say. Until recently Chris played Peter Barlow in Coronation Street and he has also been seen in the BBC’s long-running drama Casualty and New Street Law for Red Productions. On stage Chris has played Johnny in Mark Babych’s production of Frankie And Johnny In The Claire De Lune with other credits including The Rib Cage (Royal Exchange Theatre), Simon Stephen’s first play Bluebird (Royal Court) and The Changing Room (Royal Court and West End).
The cast is completed with Tendayi Jembere (Billy),  Brendan Charleson (Mr Boo) and Joanna Brookes (Sadie).
James Brining is Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice marks his fifth production for the theatre after the success of The Crucible, Sweeney Todd, Alan Bennett’s Enjoy and Talking Heads. Prior to his appointment, Brining was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dundee Rep. His productions of Sunshine On Leith and Sweeney Todd won TMA Best Musical Awards in 2007 and 2010 respectively.
The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice is designed by Colin Richmond with lighting design by Philip Gladwell, musical direction by David Shrubsole and sound design by Dan Hoole.
Listings Information
Friday 15 to Saturday 30 May
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EP

Performance times: 7.30pm Mon to Sat, apart from 7pm on Tue 19 May.  Matinees at 2pm on Thu 21, Sat 23, Thu 28 and Sat 30 May.Special Events:
After dark post-show discussion with the company: Wed 20 May
BSL Interpreted performance: Thu 28 May, 7.30pm
Audio Described performance and Touch Tour:  Fri 29 May, 7.30pm

Captioned performance: Thu 28 May, 2pm
Tickets: £12.50 – £35 with concessions available
Box Office: 0121 236 4455 Online Booking:

Friday 5 June to Saturday 4 July
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP
Post-show discussion with the company: Tues 16 June
Tickets: £28 – £12
Box Office:
0113 213 7700 Online Booking:


AG005-General-square-logo 400 x 248The producers of the UK tour of Anything Goes have announced that the tour has been shortened to sixteen weeks, concluding at the Grand Opera House in Belfast on Saturday 30 May.

Following a hugely critically praised run at Sheffield Crucible, the tour launched in January at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Rebecca Quigley, Producer Stage Entertainment, said:

“I’d like to sincerely thank everyone in the Anything Goes family for bringing this remarkable production to the stage.  We’re immensely proud to have produced the tour and I’d like to especially thank and congratulate Daniel and the team at Sheffield for creating such a vibrant, exciting and, to many, definitive new production, and for partnering with us to take it around the UK.  The touring market is an increasingly unpredictable one and, of course, we’re very disappointed that we won’t be able to complete the tour’s full schedule. I am, however, delighted that many, many happy audiences did, and still will, get the chance to enjoy this very special show.”

Dan Bates, Chief Executive, Sheffield Theatres, said:

“Anything Goes had a rapturous response from thousands of people in Sheffield and outstanding critical acclaim. We’re thrilled that it’s gone on to be enjoyed by many more people across the country. It’s been wonderful to work with this fantastic cast, creative team and our partners, Stage Entertainment, to produce such a remarkable show.”

Ticket holders for venues beyond Belfast should contact their original point of sale.

LET IT BE to join celebrations at Feast of St. George

8587613267d9cd06_800x800arLET IT BE to join celebrations at Feast of St. George this Saturday

LET IT BE  will perform in Trafalgar Square as part of London’s celebrations for St George’s Day

Feast of St. George takes place on 25th April 2015

LET IT BE will perform at 1.45pm and 3.45pm

LET IT BE returned to the Garrick Theatre in February, celebrating its third year in the West End

Packed with 11 number ones, 40 smash hits from the back catalogue and over 15 tracks never played live by The Beatles themselves LET IT BE is “The Beatles show you never got to see” (Smooth Radio)

LET IT BE, the international hit show celebrating the music of The Beatles, will take centre stage at the Feast of St. George in Trafalgar Square, this weekend.  The annual event is free to attend and takes place this year on Saturday 25th April.

Currently celebrating its third year in the West End, LET IT BE, will perform two setsm jam-packed with The Beatles’ greatest hits, from the bandstand at the foot of the iconic Nelson’s Column.  The band will play at 1.45pm and 3.45pm; the event is free to the public.

After a record-breaking summer season in the West End, LET IT BE returned to the Garrick Theatre on 28th February 2015 where it will play for a limited season until 27th September 2015.

Organised by the Mayor of London, the Feast of St George is inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th century origins as a national day of feasting.  The event will include The English Food Market with stalls selling treats such as hog roast, homemade pie and delicious cakes, all of which can be enjoyed in the banqueting area between the square’s famous fountains.

LET IT BE established itself as one of the West End’s most popular shows when the production originally opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in September 2012, before transferring for a year-long run at the Savoy Theatre from January 2013 – February 2014.  The show then embarked on its inaugural UK & Ireland tour before enjoying a summer season at the Garrick Theatre last year.

Seen by over 1,000,000 people worldwide, LET IT BE continues to delight audiences across the globe, having recently entertained fans in Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia, Monaco, Tokyo, Singapore and America.

LET IT BE showcases the music of the world’s most successful rock’n’roll band, in a spectacular theatrical concert charting the band’s meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces.

The show is packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits including: I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Day Tripper, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Strawberry Fields, When I’m 64, Twist and Shout, Get Back and many more.

LET IT BE is produced by Jamie Hendry Productions.

Tickets and more information available from the LET IT BE website –



Saturday 28th February – Sunday 27th September 2015
Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0HH

Tickets: £15 – £65
Booking: 0844 412 4662 or online at


A Summer Solstice Showcase with The Yorkshire Philharmonic Orchestra



Sunday 21 June at 7pm

Formerly the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, the Yorkshire Philharmonic brings together talented musicians from all walks of life from all over the county. With some of the best talent Yorkshire has to offer they strive to put on accessible concerts of the utmost quality for all to enjoy.

Their Summer Solstice Showcase will be at the Grand Opera House, York on 21st June, 2015 including Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan & Ludmila.  They are a paid, freelance ensemble. Each member can vote on important issues regarding repertoire, rehearsals, payment models or even guest conductors. The orchestra is run by professional orchestra managers and consultants and over time, the YPO hopes to replicate the success of the original Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, showcasing talent from throughout the region and becoming a full-time professional symphony orchestra.

They are a community driven project that relies on funding/ticket sales to pay our musicians and put on concerts.  They love collaboration and want to live up to their philharmonic title, striving for professional musical standards they have a very ambitious long term plan and want to represent Yorkshire’s fantastic classical musical heritage across the country.


Glinka: Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “New World”


Conductor: Alexander Conway

On the 2015 Summer Solstice, the Yorkshire Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting a showcase programme to celebrate the longest day of the year:

The programme begins with Glinka’s fast and furious Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla, inspired by the juxtaposition of hustling servants and elegant stately dances at a grand wedding Glinka attended in Russia. It is a celebratory, virtuosic overture to put the new philharmonic through its paces and open the season.

With 85 years between Beethoven’s 6th and Dvorak’s 9th, the programme presents a chance to hear the musical progression of the symphonic form. Whilst they are similar in many respects they also differ wildly and use repetition to achieve very different effects. It’s hard to believe that Beethoven composed the Pastorale symphony alongside his monumental fifth symphony, he was simultaneously pushing different musical horizons to their limits and beyond. In the Pastorale symphony we are given a glimpse of the other, calmer more reflective side of Beethoven. Dvorak’s 9th symphony, the only symphony to travel to the moon and back, has earned its place as a canonic musical work. Influenced by Native American music and African American spirituals the Symphony (like Beethoven’s 6th) transcends many cultural boundaries to create a work full of variation and life.

TICKETS: £25 | £19 Concessions | £15 Students
Box Office: 0844 8713024

Online Booking: