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Music, Sat 18 Nov 2017

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


Concert begins at 7.30pm

Ilan Volkov - conductor
Ilya Gringolts - violin

Mozart – Masonic Funeral Music Listen []
Schumann – Violin Concerto Listen []
Beethoven – Symphony No 3 _(Eroica) _Listen []

According to Mozart's own handwritten inventory of his music, the Masonic Funeral Music was written "on the death of brothers Mecklenburg and Esterházy" in November 1785. The music is dark and serious, in the manner of his Requiem K. 626. It is said to reflect Mozart's thoughts on mortality of the time, writing in his letters "Death, if we think about it soberly, is the true and ultimate purpose of our life. (The) image (of Death) holds nothing terrifying for me anymore; instead it holds much that is soothing and consoling!"

Schumann's Violin Concerto is his only violin concerto, and one of his works that remained relatively unknown until 80 years after it was completed. The three movement concerto is stylistically similar to Schumann's later works: objective and classical in manner. It was premiered in Berlin in 1937 by Georg Kulenkampff with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. It is now recognised as being an important piece by Schumann.

Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony is quite possibly one of the most well-known symphonic pieces ever written. Beethoven didn't want to compromise on his music's communicative power, hence writing here one of the most victorious finales ever composed. The work is full of symphonic drama, power and stretches the symphony to limits not previously reached; it is considered an important piece in the transitioning from the Classical to Romantic periods.

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

"Beethoven was doing for music what Napoleon was doing for society - turning tradition upside down." Gareth Jenkins on Symphony No 3 (Eroica)

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm
Judy Blezzard discusses this evening's works
Entry is free to tickets-holders of the concert, but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Your first orchestral concert? Want to know what to expect? View [] our newcomer's guide.our newcomer's guide.
View [] the seating plan for Leeds Town Hall.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 18 Nov 2017 19:30 to 00:00



    Leeds International Concert Season


    Leeds Town Hall,
    The Headrow,
    LS1 3AD



    See location of Leeds Town Hall on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 297338  Lat: 53.80038 Long: -1.54971

    By Road: From all directions head into Leeds city centre, upon arrival at the city follow signs for the city loop road (the one way system around the city centre). The Town Hall is found at junction 3 of the loop, and parking is found in nearby streets and The Light car park.

    By Public Transport: From Leeds City Station, exit the station by the Queens hotel. Cross the road to the Park Plaza hotel and head straight up Park Row. Turn left at the crossroads at the junction with The Headrow, the Town Hall is found at the next crossroads. If travelling by bus, from Leeds Bus Station walk up New York Street to Kirkgate Market. Turn right into Vicar Lane and then at the crossroads, turn left to The Headrow. Walk for approximately five minutes and you will arrive outside the Town Hall


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality