RPO plays Rachmaninov at Derngate

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Royal & Derngate on Sunday to perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2.

Regarded as one of the most popular works ever written for the piano, the piece recently topped Classic FM’s Ultimate Hall of Fame to be named the most popular classical work from the past 15 years.

It resonates throughout the 20th century having been used as the main theme in the film Brief Encounter and in the power ballad, All By Myself.

Led by the internationally-acclaimed conductor, Alexander Shelley, the concert will open with the Overture to Glinka’s operatic masterpiece, Ruslan and Ludmila.

Described as the ’Tsar of operas’ by Tchaikovsky, this piece is full of warm lyricism and rhythmic exuberance.

The orchestra will conclude their performance with Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5. Written under Stalin’s Soviet regime, Shostakovich created a blend of satire and submission that intrigues audiences to this day.

The orchestra will be joined by pianist Alessio Bax.

Bax will take part in a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm, hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff, before the concert starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost from £15–£33.50 with tickets for anyone aged under 26 available for £11 and anyone under 14 and schools £5 each (fees apply).

The theatre’s Community Choir marks its 10th anniversary this year with a show featuring leading reggae artist, Sandra Cross, on Friday, February 6. Doors open at 7.45 pm and tickets cost from £13.50 before fees.

Tickets are also on sale for UB40 who headline the theatre in Northampton in June.

The reggae pop band from Birmingham formed in the late 1970s and have sold more than 70 million records worldwide. Their 18th album, Getting Over The Storm, was released in 2013.

They play on Wednesday, June 3. Tickets cost £32.50 before fees. For more details, call 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk