Saturday, 21 March 2020Tickets
Saturday, 21 March 2020
Oval Hall | Sheffield City Hall
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Roderick Williams baritone
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 34’
BUTTERWORTH (orch. Roderick Williams) Six Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ 15’
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 9 33’
To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday, is there a more iconic symphony than Beethoven’s Fifth? Over two hundred years after the work’s premiere, its first movement’s ‘fate’ motif remains instantly recognisable. Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé are sure to draw out the work’s superb intensity, force and energy.
There is contrast with George Butterworth’s six poignant settings of poems from A.E. Housman’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’. Having orchestrated these lovely songs himself, Roderick Williams is our esteemed soloist. The ill-fated Butterworth, who was killed on the Somme in 1916, was a pupil of Vaughan Williams. The latter’s Ninth Symphony, completed shortly before its composer’s death, is both highly lyrical and suffused with a mellow glow.
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*Beethoven Celebration Weekend*
As part of Sheffield's Beethoven 250 celebration weekend, The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder will be opening the doors for an up close and personal open rehearsal. See and hear a world-class orchestra as they prepare for their thrilling concert in the evening. This event will take place from 2pm-3.30pm in the Oval Hall and is completely free to attend.
All audience members should arrive in good time for the beginning of the rehearsal, and should remain seated throughout. Latecomers will be admitted at an appropriate point.
Dun dun dun dunnnnnnn...it's time for some Beethoven 5!