Concert

West Road Concert Hall

Please note that this concert takes place on a Sunday.

  • Shostakovich Festive Overture
  • Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor
  • Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
  • Piano George Harliono
  • Conductor Robert Hodge

If you like famous classics, this is the concert for you. Shostakovich was asked to write a short piece at short notice and he obliged readily, producing the completed score three days later. His Festive Overture is festive indeed, full of pace and bubble. The music almost smiles at you and all too soon disappears like the Cheshire cat.

George Harliono

Still Russian, but at the heavier end of the emotional spectrum is the Piano Concerto in B flat minor by Tchaikovsky. It’s ranked number six in the world for popularity among piano concertos, which comes as no surprise given its abundance of memorable melodies and dramatic contrasts. George Harliono from Cambridge is the soloist. In 2013, he was one of 12 young pianists from around the world to be offered the opportunity to work and perform with Lang Lang in Munich, and he later became one of the Lang Lang Music Ambassadors.

We stay in Russia for Sergei Rachmaninov’s ‘Symphonic Dances’, his last composition, completed in 1941. It’s full of interest and nostalgia, including quotations from earlier works and references to Russian liturgical chant, overall, a kind of summary of his creative life. It ranges between the richly romantic and an almost Stravinsky-like spikiness that adds spice to the mix. It’s not a ballet, notwithstanding its title, but some choreographers have had a shot at staging it

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.