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Nottingham Classics season at Nottingham features Kanneh-Mason sisters, Sinfonoa of London and The Halle orchestra

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This year’s Nottingham Classics marks a double anniversary with a spectacular season featuring Kanneh-Mason sisters and John Wilson’s Sinfonia of London.

It is a fitting programme to celebrate both the 40th anniversary of the Royal Concert Hall and the Hallé’s 20th anniversary as its resident orchestra.

The 2022-23 season will see the first appearance of John Wilson’s hand-picked Sinfonia of London.

Isata Kanneh-Mason. Photo: Robin Clewley (58183860)
Isata Kanneh-Mason. Photo: Robin Clewley (58183860)

Their concert on December 4 is the gala event to mark the Royal Concert Hall’s 40th anniversary and features former BBC Young Musician of the Year winner, pianist Martin James Bartlett, in an orchestra of glittering showpieces.

Nottingham pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason makes her concerto debut for Nottingham Classics with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on November 16.

John Wilson Philharmonia (58183862)
John Wilson Philharmonia (58183862)

Her sister, Jeneba, makes a double appearance ­— performing in the Sunday Piano Series on January 15 and then joining the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on May 24 for a concert exploring the music of the pioneering African-American composer, Florence Price.

The Hallé opens the series, and marks its Nottingham anniversary, on October 7 with Rachmaninov’s epic Third Piano Concerto and Richard Strauss’s massive semi-autobiographical tone poem, Ein Heldenleben.

It also closes the season on June 30 with Stravinsky’s ballet score for The Rite Of Spring.

Martin James Bartlett (58183864)
Martin James Bartlett (58183864)

Masterworks from Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, William Walton and Dvořak ensure ample symphonic thrills and there’s a stellar line-up of soloists, including violinists Maxim Vengerov and James Ehnes, pianists Stephen Hough and Pavel Kolesnikov, and guitarist Sean Shibe.

In addition to the main orchestral series, the Hallé will be offering a couple of orchestral pops events, with its Christmas Concert on December 14 and an all-Italian concert mixing great film, operatic and orchestral music on March 16.

As female conductors continue to make inroads into a previously largely male domain, the 2022-23 season features three exciting young talents in Tabita Berglaund with The Hallé, on April 1, Eva Ollikainen with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra on April 26, and Delyana Lazarova with The Hallé on June 30.

Tabita Berglund. Photo: Nikolaj Lund (58183866)
Tabita Berglund. Photo: Nikolaj Lund (58183866)

Female composers also have a greater presence, with five concerts in the series including their music.

Neil Bennison, music programme manager for the Royal Concert Hall, said: “We’re delighted to be able to celebrate the double anniversary with the kind of vibrant orchestral mix that our audiences have come to expect, especially following the uncertainty of the last two years.

“We are also pleased to be able to offer something new with our first afternoon concert from Sinfonia Viva, who’ll be giving us an informal hour-long performance of great Baroque pieces from Germany on March 5.”

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