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Philharmonia Orchestra 2017/18
Welcome to the Philharmonia Orhcestra's 21st season in residence at De Montfort Hall. Returning to Leicester, principal conductor and Aritistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, will be conducting Mahler; the first performance in Leicester of new music strand, Music of Today; and performances from some of the finest visiting artists, including violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Trpceski.  

SMETANA, MÁ VLAST: Saturday 7 October

Jakub Hrusa conductor
Hilary Hahn violin
DVORAK Violin Concerto in A minor
SMETANA Má Vlast (complete)

Violinist Hilary Hahn has been called "America’s best classical musician", and tonight she brings all her world-class
artistry to a very Czech masterpiece: the lovely Violin Concerto by Antonin Dvorak. The title of Smetana’s Má Vlast meanwhile, simply means "My Country". But this isn’t just a series of colourful postcards from Bohemia. It’s an adventure, too — a tale of battles, warrior-maidens, and a nation awakening to freedom.

Jakub Hrusa is one of the Philharmonia's two newly announced Principal Conductors. Find out more here. 

6pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
Jakub Hrusa in conversation with John Florance.

BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY: Wednesday 1 November

Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor
Esther Yoo violin
BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
TCHAIKOVKSY Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No 4

The great romantic composers did every-thing on a grand scale, and from the jubilant trumpets of Beethoven's Egmont overture to the storm clouds that tower over Brahm's fourth and final symphony, this concert is filled with emotions at their most uninhibited. So it's the perfect setting for the bewitching young violinist Esther Yoo.

This concert is supported by Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

ROMEO & JULIET: Saturday 2 December

Krzysztof Urbanski conductor
Simon Trpceski piano
TCHAIKOVKSY Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVKSY Piano Concerto No.1
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

Two houses, both alike in dignity... and two unashamedly melodious takes on Shakespeare's greatest love story. Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet redefined musical romance, and gave us one of the most celebrated love themes in all music. And with his impassioned melodies, bittersweet harmonies and taut, angular rhythms, Sergei Prokofiev brought the star-cross'd lovers dancing into the 20th century. In between, superstar pianist Simon Trpceski brings his "phenomenal technique" (Daily Telegraph) to Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto.

BARTOK MEETS BEETHOVEN: Wednesday 7 February

Juraj Valcuha conductor
Evgeni Bozhanov piano
KODALY Dances of Galanta
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.3
BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra

Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra isn't just a magnificent showpiece for 80 world-class musicians. It's a salute to the human spirit by a composer in exile: filled with bold colours, supercharged dance-tunes and moments of piercing emotional honesty. This is music with a dash of paprika: an intoxicating climax to a concert that begins with the untrammelled joie de vivre of Zoltan Kodaly's riotous Hungarian dance suite, and the stars the award-winning Evgeni Bozhanov as soloist in Beethoven's darkest piano concerto.


Carl Davis conductor

Programme to include music from: Love Story, Gone with the Wind, La La Land, West Side Story, Dr Zhivago, Mamma Mia, Star Wars, James Bond, Romeo and Juliet, among many more.

Conducted by Carl Davis, Philharmonia at the Movies returns with a concert of some of the most iconic film scores and unforgettable love songs from the greatest romantic films of all time. The themes of love, passion and romance shine through in the instantly recognisable yearning melody to 1970 film Love Story and the soaring notes that set the tone to Margaret Mitchell's sweeping emotional epic Gone with the Wind, heard alongside soundtracks to Dr Zhivago, La La Land and the most tragic love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.

6.15pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
Carl Davis in conversation with John Florance.


Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
David Fray piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.2
MAHLER Symphony No.1

A magical spring dawn - or the creation of the universe itself? One thing's for sure: the opening of Mahler's first symphony is the start of a thrilling journey, and from the extraordinary beginning right through to the roof-raising finish, there's no more dynamic guide than the great Esa-Pekka Salonen - the Philharmonia's principal conductor and artistic advisor, and one of the finest living Mahler interpreters in the world today. Beethoven's wittiest piano concerto should make a delightful complement.

6.15pm, pre-concert talk, FREE entry.
An introduction to the evening's programme.

PASSION & POETRY: Tuesday 8 May

Christoph Altstaedt conductor
Singers to be announced
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
MASSENET Cendrillon (arias and excerpts)
VERDI La Traviata (arias and excerpts)
LISZT Les preludes

Rising star conductor Christoph Altstaedt brings a programme of romantic 19th century story-telling - both peratic and symphonic - to the De Montfort Hall stage. The evening opens and closes with two symphonic poems: Liszt's lushly scored Les preludes and Wagner's Siegfried idyll. The music for the idyll - later used in Wagner's opera Siegfried - was composed for Wagner's wife Cosima's birthday, and first performed as a surprise for her on the stairs of their villa in Lucerne. In between themes of love and heartache in two of the most popular operas of the romantic era: Massner's Cinderalla and the tragedy of Violetta in Verdi's La traviata. 






07/10/2017 To 08/05/2018
Bardi Symphony Orchestra 2017/18 Season
08/10/2017 To 13/05/2018
ABF Concert: The Band of the Coldstream Guards & Sam Bailey
The Band of the Coldstream Guards make a welcome return to help raise much-needed funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. This famous band, which has now been in existence for over 200 years, will be joined by Leicester-based X Factor winner Sam Bailey.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the only military charity where funds are distributed directly into the hands of serving and former soldiers and families who find themselves in desperate need. With the withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan and other conflicts, many people may think that calls on the charity’s resources would diminish over time. In reality it is now, and in the future, when the charity most needs your help to deal with the physical and psychological challenges soldiers may face in the years ahead; often not surfacing for 15 years or longer.

Please come and help us make this event both a pleasurable occasion and financial success.
12/10/2017 19:30
Leicestershire Chorale 40th Anniversary Concert
Leicestershire Chorale celebrates its 40th anniversary in style with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's epic setting of the Requiem. Once again in collaboration with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, we are joined by a cast-list of internationally renowned soloists. 
19/11/2017 15:00
Christmas with Katherine Jenkins

Start your Christmas celebration in style with singing sensation Katherine Jenkins, as she performs a magnificent concert of seasonal music and songs.

Mark Vincent special guest
Anthony Inglis conductor
London Concert Orchestra

01/12/2017 19:30
La Traviata
Starring the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova* and the Korean soprano Maria HeeJung Kim*

A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi's outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias.

Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate loves and life of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta. There are many echoes of Verdi's own life in Traviata and he threw himself into the music. The highlights include the Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta's haunting aria Addio Del Passato.

This magnificent production boasts sumptuous sets and costumes.

"First-rate singing." The Stage

"Uplifting, charming, heroic and finally tear-jerking." Liverpool Echo

"Alyona Kistenyova has a lovely soprano voice and sang with precision and excellent tone." Manchester Theatre Awards

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
*Cast subject to change
11/04/2018 19:30
Madama Butterfly
Introducing the celebrated soprano Maria HeeJung Kim* from the Korean National opera, Seoul and the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova*

Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

"Stunning and emotionally charged." ***** Cardiff Morning Star

"This is a Butterfly to cherish." Manchester Evening News

"Kistenyova played the tragic Japanese heroine with unforgettable grace and poignancy." Oxford Prospect, Spring 2015

"The set and costumes were intricate and magnificent to behold. All the beauty of Japan was made real on stage, which added to the overall exquisite tragedy of the performance." Manchester Magazine, Autumn 2014

Sung in Italian with English surtitles
*Cast Subject to Change

Winner of the "The Best Opera Award" Liverpool Daily Post Theatre Awards
12/04/2018 19:30
Leicester Philharmonic Choir: Samson

Stephen Bullamore conductor
Musica Donum Dei

Samson is a three-act oratorio by George Frederick Handel which is considered to be one of his finest works. It was written by Handel in the month between finishing composing Messiah and going to Dublin for its first performance.

The libretto is based on Milton's poem, Samson Agonistes and the biblical story of Samson in Chapter 16 of the book of Judges. It includes the well-known aria Let the Bright Seraphim which was sung at Prince Charles' wedding to Diana by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

This will be the first time that Samson has been performed by the Leicester Philharmonic Choir.

21/04/2018 19:30