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Box office opens for Leeds International Orchestral Season 2014/15






Caption: (Top) - Conductor Alexander Dmitriev will be appearing as part of the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in February 2015: Picture credit: Mariia Slepkova.



Caption: (Bottom) - Violinist Josef Spacek is set to perform in April 2015 as part of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.



Tickets are now on general sale for the internationally renowned Leeds International Orchestral Season 2014/15. Acclaimed as one of the finest orchestral programmes in the country, this wonderful series features breathtaking programmes, remarkable orchestras and astounding soloists from all corners of the globe.



As part of a packed programme, the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra opens the season on Saturday 4 October with an all-Russian set-list featuring Tchaikovsky’s great Fifth Symphony. From abroad highlights include the St Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Yuri Temirkanov (1 Nov), the Trondheim Soloists (14 Feb), the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek (18 April) and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (9 May).



The series features performances from some of the finest British orchestras and their Music Directors, including The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder with Viktoria Mullova performing Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto (11 Oct), the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena (24 Jan), the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons (21 Mar) and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko (7 Mar).



Later in the season, both first and second prize winners of the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition will also be performing in the city. First Prize winner Federico Colli performs Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with the Orchestra of Opera North (11 April) and Louis Schwizgebel, Second Prize winner, presents Ravel’s Concerto in G with the BBC Philharmonic (30 May).



The City’s two great choral societies continue to play an important role in the season. Leeds Festival Chorus performs a programme of French choral music including Fauré’s Requiem (22 Nov) and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus presents Orff’s Carmina Burana (14 Mar). Both choirs join forces for Beethoven’s Choral Symphony with the Warsaw Philharmonic (9 May) and for a performance of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the BBC Philharmonic to bring the season to a close on Saturday 30 May 2015.



Tickets can be purchased from the City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or online at www.leedsconcertseason.com.



To request a copy of the new season brochure, please call 0113 247 8336, email music@leeds.gov.uk or download a copy at www.leedsconcertseason.com.



Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:



"It is very exciting news that the box office is now officially open for one of the highlights of the city’s cultural calendar, the Leeds International Orchestral Season.



"As always there is a fantastic and diverse packed programme to choose from as we look forward to another tremendous and successful year.



"Some of the finest orchestras and soloists from around the world will once again be performing in Leeds, and as always we would recommend that you buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid missing out."



Notes to editors:



For further information please contact:



Alison Stockwell

Music Officer

Arts Planning Team

Leeds International Concert Season



Tel. 0113 247 8336

Fax. 0113 247 8334

Alison.Stockwell@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD

www.leedsconcertseason.com

Follow us @LeedsConcerts



Background:



Leeds International Concert Season is run by Leeds City Council and is the largest local authority music programme in the UK, programming more than 300 concerts a year in the Leeds area. The highlight of each season is Leeds International Orchestral Season, which sees national and international orchestras visit Leeds Town Hall on Saturday nights.



The Concert Season also includes the UK’s finest brass band series at Morley Town Hall, international chamber music at Leeds College of Music, plus a programme of folk, world and popular music at Leeds Town Hall.



A unique series of sixty lunchtime chamber and organ recitals offers the most extensive programme of free music in Britain and music moves outside in the summer with free bandstand concerts in Leeds parks. Leeds International Concert Season also organises the triennial Leeds Conductors' Competition which supports young British conductors.



Listings information:



Saturday 4 October 2014, 7.30pm

Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra

Valery Polyansky conductor

Natalia Lomeiko violin

Tchaikovsky Overture: Romeo and Juliet

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 1

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 11 October 2014, 7.30pm

The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder Conductor

Viktoria Mullova violin

Wagner Overture: The Flying Dutchman

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1

Sibelius Symphony No 5

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 18 October 2014, 7.30pm

Manchester Camerata

Gábor Takács-Nagy Conductor

Fiona Cross Clarinet

Tracey Redfern Trumpet

Ligeti (arr Howarth) Mysteries of the Macabre

Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Beethoven Symphony No 4

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 1 November 2014, 7.30pm

St Petersburg Philharmonic

Yuri Temirkanov Conductor

Nikolai Lugansky piano

Liadov Kikimora

Grieg Piano Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No 10

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 22 November 2014, 7.30pm

BBC Philharmonic

Leeds Festival Chorus

Simon Wright Conductor

Ailish Tynan soprano

Marcus Farnsworth baritone

Gounod Ballet Music: Faust

Poulenc Salve Regina

Poulenc Four Christmas Motets

Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne

Fauré Requiem

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 29 November 2014, 7pm

English Chamber Orchestra

Garry Walker Conductor

Aristo Sham piano

Mendelssohn Overture: The Hebrides

Chopin Piano Concerto No 1

Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise

Mendelssohn Symphony No 4 (Italian)

Please note this concert starts at 7pm

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 6 December 2014, 7.30pm

Orchestra of Opera North

Richard Farnes Conductor

Jack Liebeck violin

Brahms Violin Concerto

Debussy La Mer

Ravel La Valse

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 3 January 2015, 7.30pm

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

John Wilson Conductor

Bach (arr Elgar) Fantasia & Fugue

Respighi Pines of Rome

Elgar Symphony No 1

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 17 January 2015, 7.30pm

Britten Sinfonia

Jacqueline Shave Leader/director

Sarah Connolly mezzo soprano

Carter Elegy for Strings

Rodney Bennett A History of the Thé Dansant

Copland Appalachian Spring

Barber Adagio for Strings

Copland Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 24 January 2015, 7.30pm

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena Conductor

Javier Perianes piano

Beethoven Overture: Fidelio

Mozart Piano Concerto No 23

Bruckner Symphony No 4

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 31 January 2015, 7.30pm

The Hallé

Stanisław Skrowaczewski Conductor

Nicholas Trygstad Cello

Weber Overture: Der Freischütz

Schumann Cello Concerto

Brahms Symphony No 4

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 14 February 2015, 7.30pm

The Trondheim Soloists

Øyvind Gimse Artistic director

Christian Ihle Hadland piano

Bartók Divertimento for Strings

Bach Piano Concerto No 4

Haydn Piano Concerto No 4

Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 21 February 2015, 7.30pm

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Dmitriev Conductor

Alexander Sitkovetsky violin

Sibelius Suite: Karelia

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No 9

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 7 March 2015, 7.30pm

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko Conductor

Nikolai Lugansky piano

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 14 March 2015, 7.30pm

BBC Philharmonic

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

David Hill Conductor

Sarah Tynan Soprano

Daniel Norman Tenor

William Dazeley Baritone

Dukas Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Orff Carmina Burana

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 21 March 2015, 7.30pm

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons Conductor

Stephen Hough piano

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3

Rachmaninov Symphony No 2

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 11 April 2015, 7.30pm

Orchestra of Opera North

Kees Bakels Conductor

Federico Colli Piano

Gershwin An American in Paris

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 1

Ravel Suite: Mother Goose

Stravinsky Suite: Firebird

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 18 April 2015, 7.30pm

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Jiří Bĕlohlávek Conductor

Josef Spacek violin

Dvořák Two Slavonic Dances

Bruch Violin Concerto

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

Dvořák Symphony No 7

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16, £12.50 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 9 May 2015, 7.30pm

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Leeds Festival Chorus

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

Jacek Kaspszyk Conductor

Claire Meghnagi Soprano

Hannah Pedley Mezzo Soprano

Andrew Rees Tenor

Paul Carey Jones Baritone

Schubert Symphony No 3

Beethoven Symphony No 9 (Choral)

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



Saturday 30 May 2015, 7.30pm

BBC Philharmonic

Leeds Festival Chorus

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

Simon Wright Conductor

Louis Schwizgebel Piano

David Wilson-Johnson Baritone

Ravel Boléro

Ravel Piano Concerto in G

Walton Belshazzar’s Feast

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com



For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk