London Concertante present Viennese Christmas by Candlelight

Date: Friday 29 December 2017 (7.30pm)

London Concertante, Britain’s finest and most active chamber ensemble, return to Manchester Cathedral during their 2017/18 Christmas UK tour with a programme of Viennese treats! Kicking off the concert with Johann Strauss II’s fantastical waltz, Tales from the Vienna Woods, the ensemble take their inspiration on this festive evening directly from the 19th century dancing hall! In a whirl of styles Tchaikovsky’s elegant Nutcracker Suite leads on from Brahms’ serious Hungarian Dance No.5, before Strauss II introduces us to the boundless exuberance of the Polish March in his Trisch-Trasch Polka. In the concert’s penultimate work Tchaikovsky transports the evening to the magical halls of snowy Tsarist Russia with a regal waltz from his ballet Sleeping
Beauty. The evening reaches its climax with the famous Blue Danube Waltz. Not only proving the crowning jewel of a fabulous nights worth of music, but the coronation of Johann Strauss II as the master of the Viennese waltz!

For this evening London Concertante will be lead by the wonderful virtuoso Ben Norris. A regular guest director with the ensemble, Norris is the current leader of Glasgow New Music Expedition and member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Both a touring soloist and keen chamber musician, Ben has given recitals at the Perth Festival of the Arts, Leeds International Concert Series, and the London Handel Festival, as well as being the first violin in the Bordick Quartet.

Renowned for their interactive candlelit performances, the London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces. Wrap up warm and make the festive period a little longer with the London Concertante’s Viennese Christmas!

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