West Road Concert Hall

Please note this is on a Sunday

  • Saint-Saëns Samson and Dalilah
  • Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
  • Khachaturian Spartacus, Suite No. 2
  • Tchaikovsky Francesca di Rimini
  • Violin Michael Foyle
  • Conductor Robert Hodge

Valentine’s day-themed concert in mid-February has become something of a tradition with CCSO and 2017 will be no exception, though it should be said that the course of true love does not run smooth in all the works we have chosen.

The wild Bacchanal with which the concert opens comes at a point towards the end of Saint-Saëns’s opera where Samson, having been betrayed by Delilah, finds that the only way out of his predicament is to pull down the temple on both of them. The final work in the concert also has a tragic outcome: Francesca da Rimini fell in love with her husband’s brother and as a punishment, the pair were condemned to whirl for ever in a storm in the second circle of Hell, according to Dante. Tchaikovsky’s dramatic, swirling music depicts the lovers’ ecstasy, their subsequent murder by the jealous husband and their everlasting fate. Spartacus and his wife enjoy a happier relationship, though sadly Spartacus does not survive till the end of the work. Khachaturian’s suite from the ballet opens with a beautiful pas de deux for Spartacus and Phrygia, music used in the 1970s as the theme tune for the BBC’s The Onedin Line.

Mendelssohn’s violin concerto is one of the most popular and romantic concertos in the repertoire, and we are delighted to welcome Scottish-born Michael Foyle as our soloist. Michael led the National Youth Orchestra in 2009 and has since then won many awards and made solo appearances at prestigious venues including the Purcell Room and Buckingham Palace.

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 RoadCambridge 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.