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Classical Season Subscriptions 2017/18


Welcome to The Sands' International Orchestral Concert Series 2017/18

Welcome to The Sands' 32nd International Orchestral Concert Series.

Subscribe to all 5 concerts and enjoy a substantial discount, and all these benefits: 


  • Complimentary Series Programme 
  • Free entry to pre-concert talks
  • Introduce a friends and child vouchers
  • Same seat for every concert
  • Transferable tickets
  • Special offers



The Sands Centre Classical Concert Season Orchestras

Friday 26 October 2017
Conductor Vladimir Altschuler
Soloist Peter Donohoe (piano)
Prokofiev Classical Symphony
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4
Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade

We're delighted to open our season with one of the great Russian orchestras, the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.  The orchestra are joined by the distinguished British pianist Peter Donohoe who will be performing Rachmaninov's elegiac 4th Piano Concerto, which he composed towards the end of his life.  This will be preceded by Prokofiev's dazzling First Symphony, known as the Classical Symphony.  The concert will end with Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade based on One Thousands and One Nights. 

Friday 26 January 2018
Conductor Jamie Phillips
Soloist Ning Feng (violin)
Mozart Symphony No. 31 '"Paris"
Korngold Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 5

We're delighted to welcome back our old friends the Royal Scottish National Orchestra who have not performed in Carlisle for some years.  The Orchestra will start their performance with Mozart's 31st Symphony - the first of his mature symphonies.  This will be followed by a performance of Korngold's deeply romantic Violin Concerto.  In the second half the orchestra will perform Sibelius' most popular and dramatic symphony - his Symphony No. 5.


Friday 9 March 2018
Conductor Valery Polyansky
Soloist Tatiana Polyanskaya (piano)
Tschaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Suite
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

The Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra are regular visitors to the Sands Centre and we're pleased to welcome them back in a programme which starts with a suite from Khachaturian's delightful Masquerade ballet.  This will be followed by Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2, which he wrote as a Birthday present for his son, with its deeply lyrical second movement.  The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky's passionate Symphony No. 4 with its famous fate motif. 

Saturday 21 April 2018
The conductor Petr Altrichter is suffering from health problems and is having to withdraw from the April 2018 UK tour.  Ben Palmer has agreed to step in.
Conductor Ben Palmer
Soloist Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)
Smetana The Moldau
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor'
Piazzolla Libertango
Dvorak Symphony No. 7

Our old friends the Czech National Symphony Orchestra return to Carlisle with a programme which includes Beethoven's majestic Emperor Concerto played by the brilliant young Russian, Pavel Kolesnikov.  The programme starts with Smetana's famous evocation of the Moldau river and the concerts ends with one of Dvorak's symphonic masterpieces, his Symphony No. 7, after a scintillating performance of Piazzolla's Libertango.

Friday 18 May 2018
Conductor Sir Mark Elder
Soloist Hong Xu (piano)
Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks 
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 18, K.456 
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, "Scottish"

We are very fortunate to have the Halle return to Carlisle under the baton of their eminent and distinguished Music Director, Sir Mark Elder, under whose leadership the Halle have truly become one of the world's greatest orchestras.  The programme will include Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks, written soon after the end of the Second World War, the delightful Mozart Piano Concerto No. 18 and Mendelssohn's hugely popular Symphony No. 3, known as the Scottish, which he wrote after his famous trip to Scotland in the middle of the 19th century.


The Sands Centre's Classical Season Subscription 2017/18 provides access to the entire season of six concerts and offers a substantial saving on the individual concert ticket prices. Subscribers also get extra benefits.

Subscription Price for five international concerts.

A* B* C*
Full Price £156.00 £151.00 £146.00
Over 60s £150.00 £145.00 £140.00

Half Price Subscriptions are available for under 16s, students and unemployed. No other concessions apply.



Tickets for individual concerts will be available from Monday 2 September.

A* B* C*
FULL PRICE £32.50 £31.50 £30.50

Concessions: under 16s and students £10, over 60s £2 discount, unemployed half price tickets. Booking fees apply.

School and youth group tickets £7 (booking fee not applicable).

No.10 Catering offer a seasonal three course meal in our restaurant prior to each classical concert. To reserve a table please contact us.

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