West Road Concert Hall
  • Beethoven Prometheus Overture
  • Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 3
  • Piano Florian Mitrea
  • Conductor Robert Hodge

Many know that Beethoven composed one opera only: Fidelio. Fewer know that he composed one ballet only: ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’. The overture to the ballet is often played as a stand-alone item as it will be at this first concert of the CCSO season. It is an orchestral showpiece, setting the mood for even greater virtuosity in Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Photo of Florian Mitrea
Florian Mitrea
photograph: Daniel Delang

Mendelssohn was the soloist at the 1831 première, captivating the audience with his astonishing technique, described by a contemporary as ‘…a quicksilver touch with fingers that could sing’. It was a favourite of Mendelssohn’s great contemporary, Franz Liszt. Florian Mitrea, the hugely talented Rumanian pianist, now living in the UK, will surely create as great a stir as he did with his previous visit to Cambridge.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, the Eroica, was an astonishing ground-breaker in its time: around twice as long as any earlier symphony and furnished with a heart-rending funeral march followed by a frantic scherzo. It ends with a monumental finale built on a theme from an earlier work – yes, ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’. This is a classic of a classical concert, definitely not to be missed by serious music lovers.

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.