Congress date for the LPO

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is at the Congress Theatre on Sunday, March 17 (3pm). With Mrtin Fitzgerald as conductor and Jaroslaw Nadrzycki on violin, they will perform Ireland’s A London Overture, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 and the Sibelius Symphony No. 2.

In Max Bruch’s radiant Violin Concerto, a single instrument captures you – the weave of one violin as it floats, battles and rhapsodises against an orchestral mass that sometimes supports, sometimes cajoles and sometimes contradicts.

Sibelius’s Second Symphony, by contrast, sees the orchestra striving as one, discovering a hymn-like tune that it proclaims with inspiring unity and breadth, as if lifting the entire ensemble far beyond the sum of its parts.