Cambridge Summer Music Festival
Beethoven 5 from memory
Sunday 31 July, 4pm
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
(In conjunction with Saffron Hall Trust)
Nicholas Collon conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin
Tom Service presenter
Dmitri Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Introduced by Tom Service & Nicholas Collon
The Aurora Orchestra and its conductor Nicholas Collon have performed many times at the Festival in the past and never fail to thrill with their engaging playfulness and immediacy – characteristics shared by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who performs Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1.
With its famously dramatic opening, Beethoven’s fifth symphony is made all the more exciting in a performance given entirely from memory, the absence of music stands and scores creating an electrifying intimacy between orchestra and audience.
BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service joins Nicholas Collon to introduce the symphony, harnessing the unique potential of an orchestra playing by heart to get beneath the skin of Beethoven’s music in new and illuminating ways.
Tickets: £14, £21, £28, £35, £45
(Half price for 25 and under)
Saffron Hall Box Office: 0845 548 7650
A special drinks reception for Friends of the Festival will take place during the interval of this concert. Find out more about the Friends of CSM.