West Road Concert Hall
Sat 2 February
City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Walton and Elgar

Viola: Rosalind Ventris

Walton Johannesburg Festival Overture
Walton Viola concerto
Elgar Symphony no. 1

Viola: Rosalind Ventris
Conductor: Robert Hodge

This irresistible programme brings together some of the finest English music. In the 19th century, England was described by the Germans as ‘The land without music’. No longer; Elgar and Walton are now regarded as the twin pillars of the English musical renaissance in the early and mid-20th century. Walton’s Johannesburg Festival Overture, written in celebration of that city, includes African tunes, rhythms and instruments. ‘A non-stop gallop ... slightly crazy, hilarious and vulgar’, is how Walton described it, while Serotsky wrote of ‘…seven sizzling minutes of utterly unbuttoned musical hedonism’.

Walton’s Viola Concerto was first performed in 1929 with Paul Hindemith as soloist. Walton regarded it as his finest work and many agree with that judgement. Who better to convey its allure and brilliance than the distinguished violist, Rosalind Ventris, playing on an Amati viola of great rarity.

Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 was a sensation when it premièred in 1908. In its first year, it was played, on average, once every three days all around the globe. Michael Kennedy remarked, ‘This was not only Elgar’s first symphony, it was England’s.’ The entire musical world seemed to recognise its significance.


Sat 2 February at 7:30pm


135 minutes


West Road Concert Hall


£18, £16, £8, £5

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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