Nottingham Classics - sinfonia ViVAShow dates: Mon 1st January Running time: 110 minutes
Garry Walker conductor
Thomas Gould violin
Guy Johnston cello
Scottish conductor Garry Walker takes on this meaty Germanic programme, beginning with Haydn's vigorous Symphony No. 70... Over a hundred years later, Brahms composed his 'Double Concerto', which he described as his "strange flight of fancy...for fiddle and cello", the two soloists taking leading roles in an absorbing orchestral drama.
The novelist E M Forster famously proclaimed that 'Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.' From the fateful opening - sounded by the most famous four notes in classical music - to the triumphant finale, this is music with an irresistible sense of purpose.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium:
Professor Robert Pascall on Brahms's Double Concerto.
Nottingham Classics - AFTER:Hours
Tine Thing Helseth trumpet
Members of sinfonia ViVA
Turnage An Aria (with dancing)
20 minutes after the main performance. Free admission to ticket holders for the sinfonia ViVA concert on 5 February. £3 for non-ticket holders
Norwegian trumpet star Tine Thing Helseth joins sinfonia ViVA players for this concert of contemporary classical works. James Macmillan's Seraph is inspired by celestial trumpet players whilst Mark Anthony Turnage's An Aria is a spring-loaded study for solo trumpet. Arvo Pärt's Fratres provides a meditative interlude.