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Icons Rediscovered: Rachmaninov’s The Bells

Thursday 11 April 2024, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall

Elgar In the South (Alassio)
Weinberg Cello Concerto
Rachmaninov The Bells

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko Conductor 
Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE Cello
Mirjam Mesak Soprano
Pavel Petrov Tenor
Andrii Kymach Baritone
Philharmonia Chorus
Paul Whittaker 
BSL Performer

In the old Russia of Rachmaninov’s youth, bells rang and chimed throughout the whole of life: the bronze-voiced heralds of joy, terror, love – and oblivion. They peal, too, through Rachmaninov’s great choral symphony The Bells, in music that’s exactly as heartfelt, as gorgeous and as unforgettably tuneful as you’d expect from the composer of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Rachmaninov thought it was one of his greatest works and Vasily Petrenko agrees, making this London performance a real high point of the series.

It’s the climax of a concert filled with great music that goes beyond your expectations: from Elgar relaxing in the Italian sunshine to a powerful, forgotten cello concerto by Shostakovich’s great friend Mieczysław Weinberg – championed today by the irrepressible Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

We are pleased to announce that Mirjam Mesak will join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Icons Rediscovered: Rachmaninov’s The Bells on Thursday 11 April as Olga Pudova is unfortunately no longer able to perform.

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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.

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This event will have a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter throughout who will be positioned to the left side of the stage.
To book tickets for BSL interpretation, email or call Southbank Centre on 020 3879 9555.

Find out more about Southbank Centre's Access Scheme.

Ticket information

Doors: 6.45pm

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

Tickets: £55, £40, £30, £20, £10.

RPO Club members save 50% on two tickets per London Season concert and receive a host of other benefits – phone 020 7608 8840 to find out more.

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.

To book tickets, members should:

  • click on the 'Buy Tickets' link above to be transferred to Southbank Centre’s website, followed by 'Book Now'
  • click in the top right-hand corner where it says ‘Have a Promo Code?’ and insert your promo code (which was included in your welcome email)
  • select your preferred tickets from the available seats.

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

Find out more about the RPO Brent membership and sign up here.

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