West Road Concert Hall
Sat 27 May
City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Liadov, Britten and Rachmaninov

Liadov The Enchanted Lake      

Britten Diversions on a Theme

Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3

Piano Soloist: Nicholas McCarthy

Anatoly Liadov harboured a penchant for the occult, the mysterious and the downright spooky. Most of his late tone poems were based on Russian folk tales (Baba Yaga for example) but ‘The Enchanted Lake’ is an exception; it arose solely from his imagination. He loved this piece more than any other of his compositions, and those who know it are indeed enchanted by the delicate scoring and immaculate craftsmanship, all packaged into a magical six minutes.

Benjamin Britten’s ‘Diversions’ were composed for the one-armed pianist, Paul Wittgenstein and will be performed in this concert by another one-armed pianist, Nicholas McCarthy, who has established an enthusiastic following of admirers.

Sergei Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony also gained the approbation of an important person: Rachmaninov himself. He was well pleased with it and couldn’t understand why the American première provoked a lukewarm reaction. We may feel similarly surprised because the symphony is now a firm favourite within the standard orchestral repertoire. 


Sat 27 May at 7:30pm


135 minutes


West Road Concert Hall


£18, £16 (concessions), £8 (students), £5 (children)

West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge's premier music venues. Ideally situated only minutes' walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King's College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities.

Please note there is restricted viewing from some of the balcony seating.


Three wheelchair spaces are available in the concert hall with easy access at ground floor level throughout the building.

The main entrance to the venue has a double width door, with a push button for automatic opening.



West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road
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