As I announced in the Autumn, we have changed our working name to Stoke-on-Trent Classics. This allows me to develop an actual Festival at the end of each season. Festival 2017 will be held between late April and mid-May and will be an annual event in our calendar.
The Classics series will include three different orchestras in a season of eight concerts. After many requests I have changed the starting time to 7.30pm.
The BBC Philharmonic, with the exciting young conductor Ben Gernon and the virtuoso violinist Jennifer Pike, open the series in mid-October. The ‘Phil’ will return on a further three occasions including a concert in December with their chief conductor Juanjo Mena.
The Hallé appear at the Victoria Hall three times when popular conductor Stephen Bell will lead both the Viennese New Year concert and the series finale with a wonderful ‘Finlandia’ programme. Lahav Shani who made such an impact when he appeared last February with the RLPO will conduct the concert in late March.
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra completes the programme when the thrilling pianist Simon Trpčeski returns as soloist.
The purchase of a Season or Flexi ticket offers excellent savings!
The Piano Masters Series at the Forum Theatre again features another stunning line-up of world class pianists. Barry Douglas, Simon Trpčeski, Paul Lewis, Leon McCawley and Alexandra Dariescu will excite our audiences.
Ticket prices have again being held at £90.00 which is only £18 per recital. This includes a programme and interval refreshments of wine, tea, coffee or fruit juice – Fantastic Value! Please note the starting time will be 7.30pm for this series too!
I would again like to express my grateful thanks to the numerous subscribers who became Festival Friends and Patrons last year. Your kind financial help together with the Gift Aid generated has enabled me to not only continue to programme some of the country’s finest orchestras and world renowned soloists but also to expand our programme with one-off events which will include a Michael Portillo talk and a concert with guitarist John Williams and friends. I would therefore encourage you to continue your support by making donations to Festival Friends.
Enjoy the summer and thank you for your ongoing support of our events.