Classics in the City

Hull Philharmonic Orchestra will play a programme of music selected by the audience at their Classics in the City concert at Hull City Hall on Saturday, May 13.

Concert-goers were asked to vote for the pieces they wanted to hear earlier this year with the orchestra promising to play their selection where possible.

Pianist Peter Donohoe also agreed to perform, taking on whatever challenge came up.

With the results now in, it can be revealed that Peter will be a soloist in Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Piano Concerto No.1 and in the lesser-known Konzertstucke by Weber.

The orchestra will also play a celebration of Hull streets by local composer Anthony Hedges and music from Argentina’s cowboy country.

The orchestra’s musical director, Andrew Penny, said:

“It is not strictly first past the post system as we have to take out the recently performed, the impractical and the unavailable before deciding on a short-list for a balanced and practical programme.

“The vote usually brings a surprise or two. While Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite was a shoe-in for this concert, we’re also enjoying rehearsing Estancia by the Argentina composer Alberto Ginastera, which is a great nomination.

“Although Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar orchestra has brought it to the wider world, this exciting music is unlikely to have been heard before in our region.

“But there is no surprise about requests for the Tchaikovsky No.1. It’s one of the great piano concertos.”

Peter Donohoe’s debut with the Hull Philharmonic was 35 years ago soon after taking joint first place in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

He has since made nearly a dozen visits as player and conductor.

The orchestra also has a long relationship with Anthony Hedges, who moved to the Hull area in the 1960s.

They will play his Kingston Sketches written in 1969, which depicts locations including Ferensway, Silver Street and Whitefriargate.

Mr. Penny said:

“Anthony’s piece was widely nominated and is very appropriate in this special year for the city,” 

“And we are very fond of playing his music.”

The full programme for the concert is as follows –

Anthony Hedges: Kingston Sketches

Weber: Konzertstucke in F minor for Piano and Orchestra

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1

Ginastera: Dances from Estancia

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1

Ticket holders also have the opportunity to attend a free Meet the Artist event prior to the concert when Peter Donohoe will be in conversation with Andrew Penny from 6.30pm.

The concert is the final chance for audiences to enjoy music from Hull Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2016/17 Hull City Hall Classics season.

Hull City Hall Classics is a partnership between Hull City Council, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra.

The season has been the most successful to date with two of the concerts selling-out – Hull Philharmonic Orchestra’s world premiere of 6000 Pipes! by Sir Karl Jenkins, commissioned for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of the music of John Williams.

Janice Wincott, Theatres and Halls Manager, Hull Culture and Leisure, said:

  “Hull City Hall is a tremendous venue for orchestral music and it’s wonderful that so many people are taking the opportunity to see world class musicians perform right here on their doorstep.”

The season has also seen performances from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

After the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra’s Classics in the City concert, there is one remaining performance this season which sees the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return to Hull with Beethoven’s classical tour-de-force, Symphony Number 9 and his Piano Concerto Number 4.

This concert, on Thursday, May 25, also offers a unique opportunity to meet some of the members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra who will mingle in Hull City Hall’s Victoria Bar from 6.45pm to 7.15pm.


Tickets for Hull Philharmonic Orchestra’s Classics in the City concert on Saturday, May 13 are from £8 with concessions available.

 Tickets for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on Thursday, May 25 are from £18 with concessions available.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit to book online or use these links for the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.



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