Concert

West Road Concert Hall
  • Rossini Thieving Magpie Overture
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
  • Walton Symphony No. 1
  • Piano Dinara Klinton
  • Conductor Robert Hodge

Although the opera ‘The Thieving Magpie’ by Rossini is rarely performed, the overture remains a great favourite, written in a single day according to legend, and featuring military side drums—rarely found in the orchestra of 1817— the year of its creation.

Dinara Klinton
photograph: Emil Matveev

Fourteen years earlier Beethoven was soloist in his own Piano Concerto No. 3. His first two concertos were more in the style of Haydn and Mozart, an extension of chamber music perhaps. His third is the first concerto to vie with symphonies in weight and length, and signals the start of a long string of virtuoso works by Beethoven and others, including Brahms, Grieg and Tchaikovsky. The Ukrainian pianist, Dinara Klinton, will recreate this key moment of musical history for the CCSO audience. She is the recipient of the prestigious Benjamin Britten Fellowship and has won a number of other international awards as well.

Premiered in 1935, William Walton’s Symphony No. 1 was a sensation. The composer received a five-minute personal ovation, and the work has been highly thought of ever since. Resembling the style of Sibelius to some extent, it also offers reminders that Walton was the composer of Façade and Crown Imperial. The critic Michael Steinberg wrote, ‘… the claim that (Walton’s) First Symphony is one of the great twentieth-century symphonies is not excessive.’ Clearly, this programme should rank high on the list of ‘must hear’ concerts.

Ticket Information

Admission: £18, £16 (concessions), £8 (students), £5 (under 14)

Advanced ticket sales:
  • Online
  • Phone: 01223 300085 (12:30 - 16:00 on Monday, 12:30 - 19:00 Tuesday - Friday, and 15:00 - 19:00 on Saturday).
  • In person: ADC Box Office, Park St, Cambridge, CB5 8AS – just off Jesus Lane
There is no booking fee but a 70p charge applies for postage. Tickets will also be available on the door (subject to availability).

West Road Concert Hall

11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP (map)
By Car
From Junction 12 of the M11 Drive for approx 1.5 miles into Cambridge (Barton Road) Turn left into Grange Road Turn 3rd right opposite Rugby Club (West Road) We are half way along the right hand side of West Road.
By Train
Trains run regularly to Cambridge from both London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street. If you are coming from the North, it is advisable to change at Peterborough. West Road is a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride from the railway station.