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Hull Theatres are delighted to present the Hull City Hall Classics season in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. The series will once again feature nine outstanding concerts, bringing world class music to the City of Hull.



27 Sept 2018, 7:30pm.
Conductor: Barry Wadsworth
Violin: Esther Yoo

Sparkling tunes infuse Beethoven’s ever-popular Leonure No.3 before the RPO’s 2018 Artist-In-Residence, Esther Yoo, takes centre stage for Bruch’s mush loved master-piece, full of  musical fireworks and sparking brilliance.

Brahms Symphony No.2, a work of rich complexity and subtlety, close the concert with its graceful melodies and magnificently radiant brass finale.

This event includes a pre-concert lecture and talk at 6:15pm.


1 Nov 2018, 7:30pm.
Conductor: Mark Elder
Piano: Francesco Piemontesi

The concert opens with Webers magical overture, Oberon, before the exceptionally expressive pianist, Francesco Piemontesi, performs Beethoven’s Emporer of Concerto. Then follows two contrasting preludes from Lohengrin – the first, serene, and the second, energetic.

In a glorious climax, Sir Mark guides us through the intimacy and ceremony of Wagner’s great comic masterpiece Die Meistersinger.

This event includes a pre-concert lecture and talk at 6:15pm.


24 Nov 2018, 7pm.
Conductor: Andrew Penny

The Planets by Holst had its first performance one hundred years ago in 1918. Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony was written during the war, but was not performed until 1921. The spoken narrative reflects on the approaching end of the war from a Hull perspective, using images and sounds with pre-recorded contributions from John and Jane Godber.

The Serenade to Music was written for Sir Henry Wood’s Jubilee in 1938, 80 years ago. Sir Henry was conductor of Hull Philharmonic Orchestra for 16 years from 1923 to 1939.


7 Feb 2019, 7:30pm.
Conductor: Duncan Ward
Violin: Yury Revich

Schumann’s Genoveva Overture opens this concert with restless, passionate strings and hunting calls from the horns, before Yury Revich takes to the stage to perform Mendelssohn’s tender and emotive Violin Concerto.

Closing the concert is Tchaikovsky’s grand Symphony No.5, which alternates between light and dark, melancholy and joy, in what is considered on the best loved symphonies of all time.

This event includes a pre-concert lecture and talk at 6:15pm.


23 Feb 2019, 7:30pm.
Guest Conductor: James Hendry
Piano: Richard Uttley

The Hull Philharmonic Orchestra welcome Hull born conductor James Hendry as their guest. He has been working with Antonio Pappano at the Royal Opera House as a Jette Parker Young Artist. Richard Uttley joins him in Schumann’s beautiful Piano Concerto.

This event includes a pre-concert lecture and talk at 6:15pm.


14 Mar 2019, 7:30pm.
Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky
Soloist: Leonard Elschenbroich

Vassily Sinaisky conducts the BBC Philharmonic as they return the Hull City Hall. Antonín Dvořák Cello Concerto In B Minor was premiered in 1896, and was the last solo he composed. Former BBC3 New Generation Artist Leonard Elschenbroich brings his passion and flair to this much loved staple of he solo repertoire.

Edward Elgar’s Symphony No.1, which the composer intended to reflect ‘ A wide experience of human life’ and ‘a massive hope in the future’, closes this concert.

This event includes a pre-concert lecture and talk at 6:15pm.


18 Apr 2019, 7;30pm.
Conductor: Adrian Partington.

The power and glory of hundreds of voices in monumental harmony is unlike any other! Enjoy Handel’s choral masterpiece, sung by four superb soloists and massed choir.

From loud, bombastic choral movements, to delicate solo arias, this work has something for everyone.

This event includes a pre-concert lecture and talk at 6:15pm.


11 May, 7:30pm.
Conductor: Andrew Penny
Soloist: Timothy Ridout

The outstanding young viola player Timothy Ridout joins the orchestra for a brilliant virtuoso showpiece, the William Walton Concerto. He will also present the world premiere of local composer Kerrin Tatman’s Fantasy for Viola and Concerto.

This event includes a Meet the Artists talk at 6:30pm.


23 May 2019, 7:30pm.
Conductor: Thomas Sanderling
Soloist: Sergei Redkin

One of Russia’s finest regional orchestras are conducted by their Music Director, the highly regarded Thomas Sanderling, and joined by young pianist Sergei Redkin, to perform works by three prominent Russian composers.

This event includes a pre-concert lecture and talk at 6:15pm.

Event Type

  • Family Friendly


Queen Victoria Square
01482 300 300


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Opening times

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm

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