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Orchestral Season 2023/24

Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra

with Marko Letonja

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Four masterpieces of the French repertoire are here presented alongside Rachmaninov’s impossibly romantic piano concerto. 

Berlioz’s vibrant Roman Carnival Overture is a colourful symphonic firework, based on material Berlioz had written for an earlier, ill-fated opera. It includes a folk dance from the opera’s second act featuring a carnival scene in Rome’s Piazza Colonna. 

One of the world’s greatest pianists, Nikolai Lugansky, performs Rachmaninov’s enduringly popular second piano concerto. Brooding, emotional, and passionate, the concerto was ecstatically received at its premiere in 1901 and has been a staple of the piano repertoire ever since. 

Ravel’s serene Mother Goose Suite and his dramatic evocation of the waltz, La Valse, round off this concert along with Franck’s symphonic poem evoking the dark, fantastic atmosphere of an infernal chase. 

Presented by Bristol Beacon

Marko Letonja Conductor
Nikolai Lugansky Piano
Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra



Hector Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
César Franck Le Chasseur Maudit
Maurice Ravel Mother Goose Suite
Maurice Ravel La Valse

Pre-Concert Talk with Jonathan James
Lantern Hall, 18:25. Free with concert ticket.

An online programme is available containing full programme notes, artist biographies and orchestra credits. It complements the printed freesheet which will be available on the night.


Format: Reserved seating

Age: For all ages (Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)


Performance times

Pre-Concert Talk

Main performance (Beacon Hall)
Start Time: 19:30
Interval: 20:15 (30 mins)
Restart: 20:45
End: 21:30

All timings are approximate and subject to change

“Berlioz’s spectacular set pieces teem with sheer adrenalin.”


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Pre-concert Talk

with Jonathan James

18:25, Lantern Hall (30 mins)
with a concert ticket

Pre-concert talks are a great way to take a deep dive into the season’s concerts.

Hosted by music educator Jonathan James, these talks introduce the works in the programme, include interviews with members of the orchestras and illuminate the creative process.

Orchestral Ticket Prices

There are four price bands (Bands A-D) for each concert in the Orchestral Season 2023/24. A fifth price band (Premium) will apply to some concerts in the season.

Within price bands A-D, there are two types of ticket: Standard and Open Concession.

If you are under 26, there is a fixed ticket price available on a limited number of seats for every concert.

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Ticket Offers

If you purchase tickets for more than one concert in the 2023/24 Orchestral Season, you may be able to take advantage of our Multibuy offer.

Buy 3 concerts save 10%
Buy 4-7 concerts save 20%
Buy 8-10 concerts save 25%
Buy 11 concerts save 30%

In order to qualify for the discount, tickets for the corresponding number of concerts must be purchased in one transaction.

Discounts are available for schools bookings.

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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