Trio of Russian Favourites with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Ben Palmer , Peter Donohoe & St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Friday 22 May
    7.00 – 9.00pm
Ticket typeCost
Adult Price Zone A£23
Adult Price Zone B£21
Adult Price Zone C£18
Students & U18s£5

Complete the duo of all-Russian concerts this season with this astonishing season finale

The hugely talented and versatile Ben Palmer conducts the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in our second evening of all-Russian repertoire. Shostakovich’s astonishingly assured First Symphony lays out his youthful manifesto of where the symphonic form might go in the twentieth century, with an appreciative nod in the direction of tradition. More than anything, it’s great fun too! Prokofiev’s popular Romeo and Juliet is an inspired take on the plight of Shakespeare’s “starcrossed lovers”. It simply oozes drama, great melodies and extraordinary orchestral textures.

Between these two works Peter Donohoe performs Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto, a work of youthful vigour, soul-searching tunes and taxing virtuosity. What a perfect way to end the season!

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


Ben Palmer (conductor), Peter Donohoe (piano) and St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra


  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet: Suite

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