“Other composers mix colourful cocktails” said Jean Sibelius. “I serve pure, cool water”. And there’s nothing that quite matches the elemental strength of Sibelius’ monumental Seventh Symphony, or the power with which he retells the ancient Finnish legend of Pohjola’s Daughter. In an inspired stroke, the great Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska has matched Sibelius with the timeless serenity of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, played by the breathtaking Ning Feng.

CBSO+ 6pm: Hear from ex-member of CBSO’s percussion section, Maggie Cotton.

Please note the pre-concert talk will now start at 6pm, 15 minutes earlier than previously advertised, due to the Making an Entrance redevelopments. You will be asked to show your ticket for access into the pre-concert talk, and then invited to take your seat for the concert immediately after the talk concludes. Times of talks will be listed on the concert pages of the CBSO and THSH’s websites in advance, please check before making travel plans.