Halle Sibelius (Jess Gillam) March 24

The Hallé - Sibelius's Symphony No.1

Sunday 24 March 2024 4.00pm

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Event Timings
Auditorium Doors: 3.30pm
Concert Start: 4.00pm
Interval: 4.45pm
Finish: 5.50pm

Timings will be updated closer to the concert date. Please check the website on the afternoon of the performance for up-to-date information. All timings are approximate and are subject to change

The Hallé - Sibelius's Symphony No.1

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Kristiina Poska conductor
Jess Gillam saxophone

Britten Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes
John Harle Briggflatts
Sibelius Symphony No.1

Estonian Kristiina Poska begins her second visit to the Hallé with Britten’s atmospheric Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. Also returning is superstar saxophonist Jess Gillam, who’s been described by composer John Harle as a ‘young virtuoso with huge energy, a soaring sound, and an unforgettable presence.’ She plays his concerto Briggflatts, conceived for her artistry, the title referring to Basil Bunting’s poem steeped in Gilliam’s native Cumbria. Its finale, ‘RANT!’, is an exhilarating romp of toe-tapping Cumbrian folk-tunes guaranteed to bring the house down. As Poska has been called ‘One of the most distinctive and interesting Sibelius interpreters I’ve heard for some time’ (Gramophone), the prospect of her conducting the composer’s First Symphony is tantalising. Virile in spirit and imbued with melodic freshness, the work announced the arrival of one of the all-time great symphonists.

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