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Classical Music Events to Look Out for Spring 2018

Festival season is fast approaching, but not just in the sense of bands and beer and summer nights. Classical music can deliver unforgettable emotions. Here are some events to look out for this season – for both discerning connoisseurs as well as beginners.

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts
Is there anything better than a combination of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra recording for BBC Radio 3, the best soloists in the world and the most reputed composers? The answer is yes - because you can watch them for free! All you need to do is apply for tickets via the BBC website. The events take place in MediaCityUk in Salford, so you have a chance to explore this exciting venue as well. Be sure to check out Berlioz, Ravel & Farrenc on 25 April, Haydn, Schumann and Shostakovich on 29 March.

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You can find more information about how to get tickets here.
Eugene Ongein
If you’re a fan of classical music, opera, drama, poetry or Russian literature, this is a must-see. The opera, with music by passionate Russian composer Tchaikovsky and libretto inspired by an Alexander Pushkin’s novel, tells the dramatic story of unfulfilled love and disappointment, with plenty of unforeseen twists. You can expect a spectacular show, directed by The Royal Opera’s Director of Opera Oliver Woods, and designed by one of the best set and costume designers in the country, Annemarie Woods. Natalia Romaniw, the outstanding soprano and Samuel Bale Johnson, the Australian baritone, sing the leading parts of Tatiana and Onegin. The spectacle will tour Scotland (Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh), from the end of April until the end of May, and has its grande finale in Belfast, at the end of June.

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Get tickets here.
Hollywood Concerto by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
This year sees Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra celebrate its 125th year. To mark the occasion, musicians from the south will be touring the Hollywood Concerto. The show consists of 3 diverse pieces: Aaron Copland’s An Outdoor Overture (if you like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, you’ll enjoy this one too), Korngold’s Violin Concerto – a combination of movie themes from the 1930s - and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 'Pathétique’. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Andrew Litton will be playing in Poole (21 March), Bristol (22 March) and Portsmouth (23 March).

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Check out their website for more information on the orchestra’s other activities and to get tickets.
Sunday Classics in Edinburgh
Come spring, classical music will reverberate around the beautiful Beaux-Arts style Usher Hall. The venue’s upcoming shows include Czech National Orchestra with 29-year-old Pavel Kolesnikov on the piano, playing classics by Schubert, Beethoven, and Dvorak (22 April) and Mahler's epic 'Resurrection' Symphony with Bruckner Orchester Linz, accompanied by Leeds and Sheffield Philharmonic Choruses, as well as the highly praised soprano Brigitte Geller (29 April). What’s more, these concerts won’t break the bank, with ticket prices starting from £12.50.

Image Credit: Reinhard Winkler via Usher Hall

You can find more information here.
Film Music Gala
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra take over the Royal Albert Hall with themes from famous movies including Titanic, Stars Wars and La La Land on 22 April. Perfect for all ages, it’s set to be a Sunday afternoon extravaganza.

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For more information and to get tickets click here.