The charming sounds of Tchaikovsky brought to Hull City Hall

Published: Tuesday 7th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is coming to Hull City Hall this Thursday.

Formed in 1946 by English Conductor Sir Thomas Beecham, the amazing orchestra is a globally-renowned ensemble based in London.

Over 70 years ago, Beecham set out to curate a world-class group of the best musicians in the country. His vision was to bring the music of the finest quality to audiences across the globe. Today his legacy lives on, with the orchestra regularly performing at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, as well as touring across the UK and internationally.

We spoke with Izzie Clarey, Regional Marketing Coordinator, to talk about the epic experience that is seeing an orchestra live in action.

What can audiences expect when they go to see the concert on Thursday?

The evening is led by Alexander Shelley. The audience at Hull City Hall will be taken on a journey through different myths and fairytales with this exciting programme. We’ve got works by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite will open the concert. This will show him as the great master of ballet. Leonard Elschenbroich will follow and take to the stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, which is full of charm and elegance.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade will close the concert. It is inspired by the stories and magical characters of The Arabian Nights. We believe that it is one of the most colourful, evocative and descriptive scores in all classical music.

If the rest of the evening hasn’t already, our closing number is guaranteed to capture the imagination of anyone who hears it.

It sounds amazing. Why do you think seeing and hearing a live orchestra is such an important experience?

We really believe orchestral music is best experienced live. With over 70 musicians performing on stage, playing instruments of all shapes and sizes, you can often find yourself drifting off into a different world, as the music conjures up a magnificent mix of musical sounds.

Hearing a full symphony orchestra is an incredible feeling. You can often be drawn into the beauty and emotion of the music.

What would you say to someone who is completely new to the experience?

Well, first of all, I would say that a person’s perceptions of a concert usually change once you see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra live. Audience members are often shocked by how down to earth and accessible the concert really is.

It’s not all about when to clap or who is wearing what, so why not give it a try? You could surprise yourself.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at Hull City Hall on Thursday 9 November. Tickets start at just £18 and can be purchased from the Hull Theatres website.

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Published: Tuesday 7th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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