WORLD-class classical music returns to St George’s Hall in Bradford as the city’s 151st International Orchestral Season gets underway.

The venue’s resident orchestra, the Hallé, will begin the proceedings with a concert conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto with solos by principal clarinettist Sergio Castelló López.

The concert opens with Falla’s remarkably beautiful El amor brujo. The season continues with another concert from the Hallé on Friday 15 March.

This concert is conducted by Tomáš Hanus and the soloist is winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, Eric Lu.

Czech conductor, Tomás Hanus, conducts Dvorák’s Scherzo capriccioso, bursting with Bohemian charm.

Eric Lu, the latest winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition will then take centre stage for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor.

Shostakovich’s assured First Symphony lays out his youthful manifesto of where the symphonic form might go in the twentieth century, with an appreciative nod in the direction of tradition.

The season concludes with the Russian Philharmonic on Friday 24 May. One of the greatest Russian regional orchestras conducted by Thomas Sanderling performs two works by Tchaikovsky -- his colourful and joyful Romeo & Juliet Overture and his Violin Concerto, performed by Alexander Sitkovetsky.

Over at Bradford Cathedral on February 22, the season continues with Romanian pianist George Todica playing music by Ravel, Rachmaninov, Chopin and Mozart.

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