Classical music

Sibelius & Tchaikovsky

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

The charismatic Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare conducts a pair of Romantic classics.

‘My second symphony is a confession of the soul’ said Sibelius of his deeply personal Second Symphony. It channels the depths of human emotion before emerging with a soaring melody into its life-affirming finale.

Its memorable melodies instantly won the hearts of the Finnish public, who saw in the symphony their own struggle for independence.

From the warm opening in the strings, the symphony moves into an intense second movement, where a lonely bass line sounds against towering brass.

Out of this comes a daring transformation from darkness to light, as the full orchestra finally surges into a radiant conclusion.

Alongside the symphony, Alexander Gavrylyuk performs Tchaikovsky’s thrilling First Piano Concerto, instantly recognisable from its majestic opening chords.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Rafael Payare conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk piano


Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1
Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D

Dates & times

28 Oct 2018
Approximate run time: 125 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall


£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts: Moscow Nights (25 Oct 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas with King's College Choir (13 Dec 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas at the Movies (16 Dec 2018), Philharmonia at the Movies (14 Feb 2019) and Music of Today: Wu Wei Artist Portrait (5 Apr 2019).