Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor joins final Hallé Orchestra date of Sheffield City Hall season

The Hallé Orchestra bring the current classical music season in Sheffield City Hall to a close with a programme of Mozart, Beethoven and Mahler, featuring a world-class young musician.

Thursday, 23rd May 2019, 22:45 pm
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Pic: Sussie Ahlburg

The spirited and charismatic Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras joins the orchestra on June 7 and the soloist is Benjamin Grosvenor.

Acknowledged as one of the finest young pianists in the world, Benjamin makes a welcome return to Sheffield to perform Beethoven’s youthful Piano Concerto No2.

Although regarded in some ways a traditional work, it also looks forward to the more rebellious Beethoven to come.

The concert opens in lively style with the overture that Mozart composed for his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio). 

Mahler believed that “a symphony must be like the world – it must contain everything.” 

With its birdsong, fanfares and Jewish funeral music, his glorious First Symphony pretty much does, and its conclusion is one of the most uplifting ever written.

It brings another successful season to a triumphant close.

The Hallé do return to the venue in a couple of weeks, though, with a children’s concert on June 16.

Experience the phenomenal music of John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat, with the orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell , and narration from Sarah Day-Smith.

Pieces include the iconic Hedwig's Theme, the triumphant Showdown from Deathly Hallows Part II, the turbulent music of the Knight Bus, the heart-wrenching goodbyes from Leaving Hogwarts, and the happy celebration of Harry's Wondrous World.

The concert is at 3pm.