“One of Manchester’s cultural crown jewels. If evidence was ever required for this claim, then this unforgettable night was it.”
The Northern Soul on the Hallé’s 2013 performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.7
The Hallé | Sir Mark Elder conductor
Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 ‘Leningrad’
A rare opportunity to get close to the genesis of a major new artwork, followed by a towering landmark in modern music: Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony.
Written for more than 100 musicians and first performed in the midst of the siege of the composer’s home city during the Second World War, Dmitri Shostakovich’s monumental ‘Leningrad’ Symphony is a triumph of the human spirit. Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé won universal acclaim when they last performed and recorded the symphony in 2013 – and it’s a work that really comes alive in the concert hall.
Part of Manchester International Festival (MIF), the concert opens with acclaimed theatre director Johan Simons joining Sir Mark Elder to discuss the new work they’re creating for The Factory, the future home of MIF. The work is inspired by two great artists and their experiences living on a knife edge in the Soviet Union – composer Dmitri Shostakovich and writer Vasily Grossman, author of the epic Life and Fate – and tonight will be our first chance to hear all about it.
Produced by Manchester International Festival and the Hallé.
Travel & Dining
Purchase discounted parking (evening concerts only) and reduced price Metrolink tram tickets along with your concert tickets.