West Road Concert Hall
  • Liadov The Enchanted Lake
  • Britten Diversions on a Theme
  • Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3
  • Piano Nicholas McCarthy
  • Conductor Robert Hodge

Anatoly Liadov harboured a penchant for the occult, the mysterious and the downright spooky. Most of his late tone poems were based on Russian folk tales (Baba Yaga for example) but ‘The Enchanted Lake’ is an exception; it arose solely from his imagination. He loved this piece more than any other of his compositions, and those who know it are indeed enchanted by the delicate scoring and immaculate craftsmanship, all packaged into a magical six minutes.

Benjamin Britten’s ‘Diversions’ were composed for the one-armed pianist, Paul Wittgenstein and will be performed in this concert by another one-armed pianist, Nicholas McCarthy, who has established an enthusiastic following of admirers. Wittgenstein was notoriously quarrelsome and pernickety. He not only failed to perform works he had commissioned, including those by Serge Prokofiev and Paul Hindemith, he would not allow anyone else to play them. That is why these ‘Diversions’ were and still are rarely performed. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a work that the exceptionally fastidious Wittgenstein actually blessed with his approval!

Sergei Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony also gained the approbation of an important person: Rachmaninov himself. He was well pleased with it and couldn’t understand why the American première provoked a lukewarm reaction. We may feel similarly surprised because the symphony is now a firm favourite within the standard orchestral repertoire.

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.