Six of the best for classical lovers

There will be six of the best in the 2013-2014 classical music season that can be enjoyed at Derby’s Assembly Rooms.

The season gets off to a spectacular start on Thursday, October 10, at 7.30pm, when the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra perform an all-Russian programme, to be conducted by Nikolay Vinokurov.

The concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir De Florence, plus Rachmaninov’s Variations On A Theme Of Paganini, with soloist Andrei Korobeinokiv, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade.

Sinfonia Viva star in a Sunday Afternoon Classics concert on November 24 at 3pm.

It features Schubert’s Second Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony, plus Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, featuring award-winning clarinettist Mark Simpson.

The European Union Chamber Orchestra perform Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 4 and Symphony No 40, plus Sibelius’s Romance For Strings on February 11 with Tasmin Little as guest violin soloist and Sinfonia Viva return on April 2 to play Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Schumann’s Cello Concerto with soloist Guy Johnston and Beethoven’s First Symphony, among other works.

The Halle appear on April 29 to play Ravel’s Pavane pour une Infante Defunte, Falla’s Nights In The Gardens Of Spain with pianist Viv McLean, Respighi’s The Fountains Of Rome, Chabrier’s Espana plus others.

The season ends on May 18 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s Francesca Da Rimini, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2, with soloist Natasha Paremski, and the suite from Tchaikovsky’s ballet music to The Sleeping Beauty.

For ticket details for the concerts in the season, call the box office at the Assemnly Rooms on 01332 255800.