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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Orchestral Adventures

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Orchestral Adventures

Wednesday 15th April, 2020


Phoenix Concert Hall


MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)

TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme



Sascha Goetzel Conductor

Bartholomew LaFollette Cello

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture opens the concert with a scenic adventure along the mesmerising shores of Scotland. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra follows with soloist Bartholomew LaFollette, who has been praised for his ‘technical finesse and interpretative insight’ (Gramophone). Taking cues from the Classical greats of the eighteenth century, Tchaikovsky creates a wonderful homage to Mozart with lyrical melodies and thrilling displays of virtuosity.

Closing the evening is Rimsky-Korsakov’s fantastical Scheherazade, which reimagines the legend of one thousand and one Arabian nights and enchants the listener. Shimmering strings and playful woodwind conjure visions of enrapturing tales and adventures, told with pure musical escapism in this iconic work of Russian Romanticism.


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Venue Info

Phoenix Concert Hall

Designed as a scaled down version of the Royal Festival Hall, (both venues shared the same acoustic consultant, Hope Bagenal), our Concert Hall is recognised internationally for its fantastic and bright acoustics and has “…some of the finest acoustics in Europe” as stated by renowned conductor Leopold Stokowski.

The Phoenix Concert Hall will once again play host to the London Mozart players as resident Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.



Phoenix Pianos

Phoenix Pianos - Fairfield Halls

Phoenix Pianos are a British company that pride themselves on leading the piano manufacture industry with new, high-end piano technologies.

Founder and Chairman, Richard Dain, is a man of impressive engineering pedigree and tireless vision, who in the early 2000s began to combine his passion for pianos and music with his wide-ranging engineering skills.

A series of ground-breaking innovations have led to the most technologically advanced pianos in the world.

The Phoenix mission is twofold:

  1. To once again offer inspiration to artists in new levels of acoustic performance, after a century of near complete stagnation within the piano industry.
  2. To make highly practical improvements to piano design, such as climate resistance, longevity of parts, reliability of performance, and touch response.

Phoenix instruments benefit from:

  • Carbon fibre and Kevlar soundboard designs
  • A new highly responsive action comprising 3D printed and carbon fibre parts
  • Patented bridge technology to improve the power and efficiency of acoustic transfer, giving artists access to a wider dynamic range

The installation of a fleet of Phoenix instruments in the Fairfield Halls, and their sponsoring of the Phoenix Academy, represent a very special moment for both piano design and manufacture, and for this premier venue.