Classical music

Ashkenazy conducts Elgar

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to conduct Elgar’s heartfelt Enigma Variations alongside works by Mendelssohn and Mozart.

One of the best-loved pieces in British music, Elgar's Enigma Variations are dedicated to ‘my friends pictured within’.

Each variation forms an affectionate musical sketch of one of Elgar’s loved ones – chattering winds gently imitate a friend’s stutter, while a delicate arching melody embodies his love for his wife Alice.

Hidden at the centre lies 'Nimrod' – the simple, yearning melody that has since become an icon of Britain itself.

Beforehand, Piotr Anderszewski performs Mozart’s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 24, stormy and virtuosic, with glittering solo piano melodies. Hearing it, Beethoven once remarked, ‘we shall never be able to do anything like that’.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Piotr Anderszewski piano


Mendelssohn: Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Dates & times

9 Dec 2018
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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Royal Festival Hall


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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).