West Road Concert Hall
  • Glazunov Carnaval Overture
  • Prokofiev Violin Concerto 2
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 12
  • Violin Patrick Bevan
  • Conductor Robert Hodge

This all-Russian concert is not to be missed. The opening number, Aleksandr Glazunov’s ‘Carnaval Overture’, does exactly what it says on the tin. Evoking a carnival atmosphere immediately, it’s a bundle of energy and delight filled with catchy tunes, infectious rhythms and sparkling orchestration not to mention a few surprises here and there. Patrick Bevan is the soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. An undergraduate at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, Patrick enjoys the rare distinction of having been leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. The concerto is one of Prokofiev’s most melodic and lyrical compositions, especially aimed at pleasing Soviet audiences, which it did immediately. It enjoys a worldwide following and, like the Glazunov overture, contains surprises. Of the 15 symphonies by Dmitry Shostakovich, No. 12 was one of the most popular in Soviet Russia because it purported to be a ‘portrait’ of Vladimir Lenin, highlighting key moments in the dictator’s life alongside some geographical associations. It includes a number of folk melodies and references to earlier works to punctuate the journey upon which the listener is being taken. That background can be ignored because the symphony is thoroughly enjoyable on the strength of its musical merit alone.

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.