“I have slandered the sea…it is beautiful enough to defy all comparisons…” Debussy was his own toughest critic: La Mer is the most gorgeous seascape ever painted by an orchestra, just as Ravel’s La Valse evokes a whole, sumptuous civilisation in impressionist colours. Under the inspirational Alexandre Bloch, the Orchestre National de Lille brings an unmistakably Gallic style, as well as a chance to hear 2018 Leeds Piano Competition winner Eric Lu in Beethoven’s most poetic – and personal - concerto.