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The more of Dvorák the better!


The Blackburn Classics 2016/17 season comes to a spectacular end with the welcome return of The Hallé with Andrew Tyson on the piano and James Feddeck as conductor.

Bringing an attractive Slavic-themed programme to King George’s Hall on Friday 19th May at 7:30pm.

Andrew Tyson returns to the Hallé with Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. A technically-taxing and richly melodic piece, it was inspired by the Polish composer’s love for two women.

Andrew Tyson was hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” He has emerged as a distinctive and important new musical voice. In summer 2015, he was awarded First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, as well as the Mozart and Audience Prizes. These victories result in numerous performances throughout Europe under the auspices of the Géza Anda Foundation. Andrew is a laureate of the Leeds International Piano Competition where he won the new Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, awarded by the orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder.

The concerts open with Smetana’s magnificent musical depiction of the River Vltava – for Smetana a symbol of the very lifeblood of the emerging Czech nation. The work vividly charts the course of the river from its source high in the hills to the point when it flows in splendour beneath Prague’s Charles Bridge. Smetana regarded his compatriot Dvorák as his ‘excellent rival’. The hugely gifted James Feddeck conducts the composer’s ebullient Sixth Symphony, packed with great melodies and characteristic delights of the greatest Czech symphonist.

James Feddeck will also be in conversation in a pre-concert talk about the evening’s musical finale.

2017/18 Blackburn Classics Season

The new season for Blackburn Classics is looking as exciting as ever and we are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Watts will be joining The Hallé in November 2017 with a programme including Mozart and Mahler.

With a voice described by International Record Review as “one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation” Elizabeth Watts is “now established as one of Britain’s leading sopranos” (The Guardian).

2017/18 also sees the return of “old friends” Manchester Camerata. The orchestra recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Ensemble at the annual RPS Music Awards. Presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the awards are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK.

The full 2017/18 Blackburn Classics Season will be published soon and people wishing to receive full details should sign up to the King George’s Hall newsletter on the website www.kinggeorgeshall.com

Pictured: Andrew Tyson

The Hallé at King George’s Hall on Friday 19th May 2017 at 7:30pm.

Tickets are priced from Adults £17, Senior Concessions £15 and Full-time students just £3.

Pre-concert talk: James Feddeck in conversation about the season finale.
The talk will commence on the raked seating at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £3 and can be booked from the Box Office or online for each concert. Entry to the talks is free of charge for pre-concert suppers diners

Tickets are available from the box office (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm), by phone on 0844 847 1664 or online at kinggeorgeshall.com.

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