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Sibelius’ Second Symphony

Thursday 16 May 2024, 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall

Rossini William Tell Overture
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1
Sibelius Symphony No.2

Emilia Hoving Conductor
Zlatomir Fung (RPO Artist-in-Residence, 2023–24) Cello

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Rossini, Saint-Säens and Sibelius at his sunniest: timeless melodies loved the world over. 

Sibelius thought of his Second Symphony as a great river flowing to the sea, others have heard a musical portrait of a nation waking to freedom. But from pastoral beginnings to a soul-stirring finish, it is music of elemental power, spring-like freshness and truly epic grandeur.

Our Finnish guest conductor, Emilia Hoving (something of a Sibelius expert), takes us on Sibelius’s journey today, and shares the glowing colours (and unforgettable tunes) of Rossini’s ever-popular music for William Tell.

In between, expect elegance, ardour and a very French kind of romance, as International Tchaikovsky Competition For Young Musicians winner – and RPO Artist-in-Residence – Zlatomir Fung returns to play Saint-Saëns’s dashing First Cello Concerto. You’ll believe a cello can fly. 


Large print versions and digital formats of the programme for this concert are available on request for customers with accessibility requirements. Please email your request to Doran Crowhurst crowhurstd@rpo.co.uk at least one full week before the performance.


Ticket information

Doors: 6.45pm

Concert starts: 7:30pm (approximate end time: 9.45pm)

Tickets from £15 (prices subject to change)

Series ticket discounts are available:

  • book 2 or 3 concerts, save 15%
  • book 4 or 5 concerts, save 25%
  • book 6 or more concerts, save 30%

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Student tickets available, book via Student Pulse.

Under 18 offers apply: £5 for children aged 7–17 in bands B–E.

This event is not recommended for children under 5. All customers aged 14 years or below must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over.

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Tickets for RPO Brent Members

A limited number of tickets are available for this performance at a special price for RPO Brent members in bands B–E.

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Tickets are limited so if the offer is not applied that may be because there are no longer any tickets available for this offer.

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