Shostakovich called his Fifth Symphony “a Soviet artist’s creative response to just criticism”. That was the official line, anyway: the reality was a bit more complicated, and a lot more gripping. Conductor Nicholas Collon brings all his freshness and fervour to a symphony that defined the twentieth century - music that really is a matter of life and death, and the most powerful possible conclusion to a concert of music by composers in troubled times. Stravinsky mourns the death of Debussy in a bold sonic ritual, painted in primary colours. And Benjamin Britten evoked tears from another century in his haunting Lachrymae – played today by a true poet of the viola, the wonderful Lawrence Power.

On sale dates and times
Priority booking for CBSO Members opens online: 10am Monday 26 April
General booking opens online: 10am Tuesday 27 April

We’re delighted that we’ll have live performances back on sale very soon and can’t wait to welcome audiences back to Symphony Hall. We’ve scheduled in as many performances as we can, but because of the requirements of social distancing, there will be just 600 seats on sale for each performance.

A new acoustic screen has been installed at the rear of the Symphony Hall stage, allowing a larger number of musicians to sit on the flat stage and play together while maintaining social distancing than has previously been possible.  The view of the back of the stage from the Stalls will be slightly affected as a result: but it does mean that CBSO audiences will see and hear what we believe is the largest orchestra performing regularly anywhere in the UK at this time.

Government Restrictions: please note, this concert is being planned according to the latest Government guidelines and roadmap. Should the concert be unable to go ahead as live and is instead filmed, your ticket will be valid to watch the concert online. Refunds will also be available on request.