England’s dreaming…Benjamin Britten loved poetry, and his Nocturne summons the magic of a summer night to weave something wondrously rich and strange. No-one alive sings this music better than Ian Bostridge – a tenor who charges everything he performs with drama – and it’s merely the prelude to the soaring melodies, gleaming colours and raw, heart-on-sleeve emotion of Malcolm Arnold’s magnificent Fifth Symphony. An online poll recently voted it one of the greatest of all British symphonies, but the best way to judge is to hear it for yourself – performed live by the CBSO and with Micheal Seal, a conductor who believes in it, heart and soul. Join us, and discover a masterpiece by a composer born 100 years ago.

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.