Looking forward to their 16th season at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester is The Philarmonia Orchestra. They have lined up a total of seven concerts for the 2012/13 season. The season takes monumental effort with 1,200 train journeys of 1,500 miles each, 1,800 music sheets and a total of almost two whole days in rehearsal.
The season is to begin on Tuesday, 25 September with a concert which will feature Esa-Pekka Solonen, the Philharmonia’s world famous principal conductor. Solonen is one of 14 artists who are from classical music’s world stage coming to Leicester all of whom are performing this season with the orchestra.
The international concert series will be touring Los Angeles, Milan and Turin before performing at Beethovenfest, in Bonn, the international festival which celebrates the music of Beethoven.
Running from September to April, the season will feature some well-known musical giants, such as cellist Steven Isserlis, Vladimir Ashkenazy and trumpeter Alison Balsom, who is one of the most featured artists on Classic FM. Both favourites and rare gems are mixed in the music which is played.
The Bruch Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Fifth and Mayler’s Fifth are featured by the side of Georges Bizet, Johann Hummel, contemporary Mozart and a new piece by Nimrod Borenstein, the British composer.
With 13 different composers, 21 different pieces and two and a half centuries, this surely is the most varied programme that has been brought to Leicester by the Philharmonia in their 16-year relationship. Orchestra Unwrapped is continued in the season. This is the project for 7-11 year olds in Leicester which was featured during the Olympic Torch Relay.
The Philharmonia hope to perform to all Key Stage 2 children in the city, meaning over 4,000 schoolchildren in Leicester will hear music played by a world-class orchestra.