Thrilling Beethoven, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams with The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder , Roderick Williams & The Hallé
  • Saturday 21 March, 2020
    7.00 – 9.00pm
Ticket typeCost
Adult Price Zone A£23
Adult Price Zone B£21
Adult Price Zone C£18
Students & U18s£5


To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday, is there a more iconic symphony than Beethoven’s Fifth? Over two hundred years after the work’s premiere, its first movement’s ‘fate’ motif remains instantly recognisable. Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé are sure to draw out the work’s superb intensity, force and energy.

There is contrast with George Butterworth’s six poignant settings of poems from A.E. Housman’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’. Having orchestrated these lovely songs himself, Roderick Williams is our esteemed soloist. The ill-fated Butterworth, who was killed on the Somme in 1916, was a pupil of Vaughan Williams. The latter’s Ninth Symphony, completed shortly before its composer’s death, is both highly lyrical and suffused with a mellow glow.

Pre-concert talk with BBC Broadcaster Trisha Cooper starts at 6pm.


Sir Mark Elder (conductor), Roderick Williams (baritone) and The Hallé


  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
  • Butterworth (orch. Roderick Williams): Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad'
  • Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9

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