West Road Concert Hall
  • Walton Johannesburg Festival Overture
  • Walton Viola Concerto
  • Elgar Symphony 1
  • Viola Rosalind Ventris
  • Conductor Robert Hodge

This irresistible programme brings together some of the finest English music. In the 19th century, England was described by the Germans as ‘The land without music’. No longer; Elgar and Walton are now regarded as the twin pillars of the English musical renaissance in the early and mid-20th century.

Photo of Rosalind Ventris
Rosalind Ventris

Walton’s Johannesburg Festival Overture, written in celebration of that city, includes African tunes, rhythms and instruments. ‘A non-stop gallop … slightly crazy, hilarious and vulgar’, is how Walton described it, while Serotsky wrote of ‘…seven sizzling minutes of utterly unbuttoned musical hedonism.’ Walton’s Viola Concerto was first performed in 1929 with Paul Hindemith as soloist. Walton regarded it as his finest work and many agree with that judgement. Who better to convey its allure and brilliance than the distinguished violist,
Rosalind Ventris, playing on an Amati viola of great rarity.

Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 was a sensation when it premièred in 1908. In its first year, it was played, on average, once every three days all around the globe. Michael Kennedy remarked, ‘This was not only Elgar’s first symphony, it was England’s.’ The entire musical world seemed to recognise its significance. Make sure you relive such an historic moment at this concert.

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.