Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
Tunes. Triumph. You’ll leave feeling good…
Who’s on stage
One of the most sought-after violinists and exciting musicians on the classical music scene Christian Tetzlaff, plus our home team, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and conductor Dinis Sousa.
What they’re playing
Only one of the most popular violin concertos of all time, Felix Mendelssohn’s, plus Robert Schuman’s dark, moody and rebellious Symphony No. 2.
Need to know
Price: £17 – £43
Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
Discounts: Save if you’re local, unemployed, a first timer.
Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
What you'll hear
Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor (26’)
Naomi Pinnock The field is woven (13’)
Robert Schumann Symphony No. 2 (38’)
Dinis Sousa conductor
Christian Tetzlaff violin
Royal Northern Sinfonia
What's happening in the music
From it’s gentle, intriguing first notes that almost waft off the stage, Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto is like a good book – you’re swept away by it straight from the start. It’s got great tunes, epic orchestral sections, and parts where the soloist can show off their skills and really wow you. No wonder it’s been a favourite for over 175 years…
A musical cleanse
The music we’ve got by Mendelssohn and Schumann tonight is pretty powerful. Think rich chocolate cake rather than a lemon meringue. To add a third slice of something so hearty might be…too much. So in-between we’ve got something totally different to refresh your ears. Naomi Pinnock’s piece The Field is Woven is delicate and shimmers like something fragile and precious. Get a little 5 minute taster below.