World class classical music concert season at Watford Colosseum

Milos Karadaglic. Photo by Andy Earl of Mercury Classics.
Milos Karadaglic. Photo by Andy Earl of Mercury Classics.
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For the first time ever a series of world class classical concerts will be held at Watford Colosseum. Globally renowned artists including violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy, critically acclaimed guitarist Milos Karadaglic with the English Chamber Orchestra, conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the International Tchaikovsky Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra are all confirmed dates at the venue this year.

The season will commence with the Philharmonia Orchestra at 7.30pm on Saturday March 5. Violinist Esther Yoo, a rising bright star, will perform Tchaikovsky’s awe-inspiring Violin Concerto with this incredible orchestra. The concert will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sibelius, with live performances of the unofficial national anthem of Finland alongside his stirring Symphony No. 2.

Legendary Nigel Kennedy performs at 7.30pm on Tuesday April 19 with a stunning transformation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and his own eclectic English Collection.

The first international orchestra to visit the Watford Colosseum for many years will be the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra at 7.30pm on Tuesday October 18, starring one of the UK’s most distinguished violinists, Jennifer Pike, performing the composer’s virtuosic Violin Concerto.

This will be followed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at 7.30pm on Tuesday November 8 under their distinguished music director Libor Pesek, with a performance of Dvorak’s much loved New World Symphony and the outstanding cellist Natalie Clein performing Dvorak’s epic Cello Concerto.

The final concert at 7.30pm on Tuesday December 13 will be a special gala evening starring the highly praised guitarist Milos Karadaglic performing a concert with the English Chamber Orchestra. Featuring an extraordinary range of music, from Bach to works by Lennon and McCartney.

Apart from being home to the BBC Concert Orchestra, Watford Colosseum is world renowned for its acoustic qualities and was selected as the venue to record the soundtracks for the hit movies Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

Tickets for all concerts start from £15, except Nigel Kennedy which start from £25. VIP tickets, group rates student rates and under 16 half rates available. Full details, www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk Box office 01923 571102.