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Icons Rediscovered: Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2

Thursday 8 February 2024, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall

Elgar Cockaigne Overture
R. Strauss Six Songs After Poems by Brentano
Rachmaninov Symphony No.2

Vasily Petrenko Conductor 
Louise Alder* Soprano

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

*Unfortunately Jennifer France is unwell and not able to join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for our performance on Thursday 8 February 2023. We are grateful to Louise Alder for stepping in at very short notice to perform Strauss' Six Songs.

When Vasily Petrenko conducts Russian music, you know to expect big emotions, and they don’t come much bigger than in Rachmaninov’s glorious Second Symphony. This is music of rolling stormclouds, blissful romance and melodies that seem to stretch out to the horizon and, when Petrenko recorded it, The Observer described the results as ‘essential listening’.

British soprano Louise Alder, who has been praised as the “ideal Straussian singer” (Bachtrack), brings her sensational voice to Strauss’ intimate Six Songs After Poems by Brentano.

Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture, meanwhile, is a bustling, brilliant portrait of London at the height of its Edwardian splendour. British music simply doesn’t get more colourful – or more fun.

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 at least one full week before the performance.


Ticket information

Doors: 6.45pm

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

Tickets: £55, £40, £30, £20, £10.

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Groups of just 6+ save up to 35% – phone 020 7608 8840 to find out more.

Student tickets available, book via Student Pulse.

Under 18 offers apply: £5 for children aged 7–17 in price 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.

Booking fees apply online (£3.50) and over the phone (£4). There are no booking fees for Southbank Centre Members and Supporters Circles. For group bookings of 10+, a £1 fee per ticket applies (capped at £30 per booking).

Tickets for RPO Brent Members

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

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  • click on the 'Buy Tickets' link above to be transferred to Southbank Centre’s website, followed by 'Book Now'
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