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International Concert Season 2011-2012 Box Office: 0115 989 5555

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THE HALLÉ André de Ridder Alban Gerhardt

conductor cello

Suk Dvorák Ravel Debussy

Scherzo Fantastique Cello Concerto Une barque sur l’ocean La Mer


For our opening concert we welcome back German cellist Alban Gerhardt who made such a big impression on his last visit to Nottingham. His sense of adventure is ideally suited to Dvorák’s heroic Cello Concerto, the composer’s farewell to his stay in America. Dvorak’s son-in-law, Josef Suk, provides the joyful opener - fifteen minutes of fairy-tale waltzing that flashes with warmth and wit. v


Mirroring these Czech masters are the twin pillars of French Impressionism, Ravel and Debussy, here contemplating the sea in all its vast magnificence. Une barque sur l’ocean is a seductive evocation of the ocean’s deep currents whilst La Mer is a brilliant study in light and movement, beginning with the sea emerging at dawn and ending in a tumult of crashing waves.

Estimated finishing time: 9.30pm SPECTACULAR


Alban Gerhardt

● Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Hallé Principal Cello Nicholas Trygstad talks to Alban Gerhardt.

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MOSCOW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Yuri Simonov Nikita Boriso-Glebsky

conductor violin

Prokofiev Tchaikovsky Rachmaninov

Suite from Romeo and Juliet Violin Concerto Symphony No.1

From the acclaimed Moscow Philharmonic comes this passionate all-Russian affair, beginning with Prokofiev’s immortal ballet music for Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto was written amidst the wreckage of his marriage but the composer found inspiration in his friendship with violinist Yosif Kotek and completed the score in less than a month. The result was a triumph; shamelessly virtuosic yet fresh and lyrical, with a heartfelt slow movement and a whirling gypsy finale. Our soloist, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, is no less impressive, having recently won both the Sibelius and Kreisler international violin competitions. Rachmaninov’s First Symphony almost sank without trace after a disastrous première at the hands of the allegedly drunk conductor, Glazunov. Nowadays it’s widely praised as Rachmaninov’s most dramatic Symphony. Echoing the fateful atmosphere of Tchaikovsky’s late symphonies, it’s a potent mix of smouldering energy, taut rhythms and, of course, the composer’s gift for great tunes. Estimated finishing time: 9.45pm

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky

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SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER, 11.00AM James Baillieu performs Beethoven, Schumann and Gottschalk (see page 17 for details)




conductor violin

Mozart Shostakovich

Violin Concerto No.4 Symphony No.7 ‘Leningrad’

AFTER HOURS 20 minutes after main performance, in the auditorium. Free admission to CBSO ticket holders. £3 for non-ticket holders Adrian Spillett, Sam Walton and Alan Thomas, percussion

Tickets: £10 - £32 Steve Reich Jan Bradley Radiohead

Marimba Phase Chieba Pyramid Song

With a joint performance of a new work with members of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Advanced Music Ensemble.

● Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Andris Nelsons in conversation with Simon Webb, the CBSO’s Director of Orchestral Management. Estimated finishing time: 9.35pm SPECTACULAR


Baiba Skride © Marco Borggreve

We’ve got a dream team for this concert. Andris Nelsons’ performances of the Shostakovich symphonies with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have been nothing short of sensational, and they’re joined by Latvian virtuoso Baiba Skride who’ll be providing a sharp contrast in the form of Mozart’s elegant and peaceful Violin Concerto No.4.

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In the desperate days of the siege of Leningrad in 1941, Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony symbolised its courage under fire. In the famous first movement the assault takes the form of a relentless snare drum and simple Germanic tune which grow into a hair-raising musical invasion. The bleak and poignant realities of war are never far away in this epic symphony, but it’s the resilience of the city that emerges at the end, its enduring spirit captured in defiant, uplifting music that makes full use of a massive orchestra.

Jonathan Scott



THE HALLÉ Cristian Mandeal Jonathan Scott

conductor organ

Dukas Jongen Fauré Respighi

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra Pavane Pines of Rome

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AFTER HOURS 20 minutes after main performance, in the auditorium. Free admission to Hallé ticket holders. £3 for non-ticket holders Jonathan Scott, organ Messiaen L’Ascension Messiaen’s organ music is synonymous with glorious colours and spiritual ecstasy and L’Ascension is one of the most powerful examples. Jonathan Scott introduces and performs this twentieth century masterpiece.

Dukas’s spellbinding symphonic poem - immortalised by Mickey Mouse’s hapless would-be magician in the Disney film Fantasia - begins this orchestral spectacular. Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante was written in 1926 for Wanamaker’s huge Philadelphia department store (which was home to the world’s largest pipe organ). Vivacious and virtuosic, this tour-de-force for both organist and orchestra matches Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony for thrills. Fauré’s lovely Pavane provides a breathing space before the final act of this dramatic programme. Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome displays all of his brilliance at handling orchestral colours, here capturing four contrasting locations in Roman History. The boisterous children’s play at the Villa Borghese gives way to the hushed atmosphere of the catacombs and a nocturnal garden, before dawn breaks on the Via Appia and the Roman legions’ triumphant entry into the Capitol. ● Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Neil Bennison introduces the programme. Estimated finishing time: 9.20pm




SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER, 11.00AM Alexander Romanovsky performs Haydn, Brahms and Rachmaninov (see page 17 for details).



sinfonia ViVA Nicholas Collon Saleem Abboud Ashkar

conductor piano

Schumann Mendelssohn Beethoven

Overture, Scherzo and Finale Piano Concerto No.2 Symphony No.4

Nicholas Collon has been making plenty of waves in the Classical world with his acclaimed Aurora Orchestra so we’re delighted to welcome him to Nottingham for his first performance with sinfonia ViVA. Together they’ll be performing a lively programme by three Romantic masters, beginning with Schumann’s spring-loaded Overture, Scherzo and Finale, effectively a symphony without a slow movement but with echoes of Mendelssohn. The renowned Palestinian-Israeli pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar is the soloist in Mendelssohn’s Second Piano Concerto, first performed in Birmingham in 1837. Moving effortlessly between airy delicacy and sprightly high spirits, it’s a fine example of Mendelssohn at his most charming. Weighing in more heavily, but still light on its feet, is Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, a punchy piece of musical concentration with deft mood shifts between light and dark.

Estimated finishing time: 9.15pm

Nicholas Collon

● Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Nicholas Collon in conversation.

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conductor soprano

Programme includes: Christmas Eve: Polonaise Lieutenant Kije The Snow is Dancing Glitter and be Gay Flower Waltz from The Nutcracker The Holly and the Ivy Strike up the Band A Christmas Overture

Plus a host of Christmas favourites from Have yourself a Merry little Christmas to Sleigh Ride. Tickets £10 - £32 Musical theatre leading lady Shona Lindsay brings some West End pizzazz to this year’s Christmas concert with the Hallé. Besides her great stage presence, the star of The Phantom of the Opera, Singin’ in The Rain and Chicago (to name but three), has a voice to die for and she’ll be treating us to some Broadway showstoppers as well as some heart-warming festive numbers.

Shona Lindsay © Steven Emberton

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Rimsky-Korsakov Prokofiev Debussy Bernstein Tchaikovsky Arnold Gershwin Hess

Stephen Bell is your personable host for this musical feast. One of the most versatile maestros in the business, he’ll be conducting a roof-raising programme that includes Russian favourites from Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, French polish from Debussy and some sparkling numbers from the likes of George Gershwin, Malcolm Arnold and Leroy Anderson. Just the thing to set you up for the coming Christmas cheer! Estimated finishing time: 9.30pm

Sir Mark Elder © Simon Dodd


THE HALLÉ Sir Mark Elder Nelson Goerner

conductor piano

Sibelius Ravel Beethoven

En Saga Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Symphony No.6 ‘Pastoral’


This atmospheric concert sees Argentinean pianist Nelson Goerner join the Hallé for Ravel’s richly-hued concerto of 1931. Written for the Viennese virtuoso, Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in the First World War, it remains one of the biggest technical challenges facing any pianist, its jazz-tinged rhythms etched against a dark orchestral background. Ravel’s concerto is framed by two contrasting soundscapes. Sibelius described En Saga as the ‘expression of state of mind’ rather than a mythical adventure, although there’s no shortage of incident in this powerful ‘psycho-drama’. Beethoven, too, insisted that his Pastoral Symphony was as much an emotional landscape as a scenic description, but there’s still a strong sense of place in this glorious evocation of the countryside, from the lulling sounds of a brook to the famous central storm. ● Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: The Hallé’s Head of Artistic Planning, Geoffrey Owen, in conversation with the Hallé’s leader, Lyn Fletcher. Estimated finishing time: 9.20pm


SUNDAY 15 JANUARY, 11.00AM Alessandro Taverna performs Beethoven, Scriabin, Chopin and Liszt (see page 17 for details).

AFTER HOURS 20 minutes after main performance, in the auditorium. Free admission to Hallé ticket holders. £3 for non-ticket holders All you ever wanted to know about Tango but were afraid to ask! The Hallé’s feisty ensemble Frambuesas takes us on a 40-minute tour of tango, from its origins in the sultry bars of Buenos Aires to the outer limits of Tango Nuevo.

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conductor piano

Brahms Liszt Liszt Dvorák

Tragic Overture Piano Concerto No.1 Piano Concerto No.2 Symphony No.7


A true Romantic revolutionary, Liszt delighted in taking the piano into places previously felt to be impossible. His two piano concertos were pioneering, fluid-formed creations with a bigger role for the orchestra and, as you’d expect from the greatest pianist of his age, plenty of scope for virtuosic display. This concert offers the chance to hear both concertos, performed by the renowned British pianist Stephen Hough. Winner of the Gramophone Award for the best recording of the past thirty years, he’s in demand throughout the world and has made no less than fifteen BBC Proms appearances. v

Marin Alsop © Grant Leighton

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The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a special claim on Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony, having commissioned it from the composer at the height of his career. Arguably the greatest of his symphonies, its passion and urgency make it an apt partner to Brahms’s turbulent Tragic Overture. And both composers are close to the heart of acclaimed American conductor, Marin Alsop, who has made several acclaimed recordings of their orchestral works - another reason why this concert should be on your hotlist for 2012. ● Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Stephen Hough in Conversation. Estimated finishing time: 9.25pm



BBC PHILHARMONIC Vassily Sinaisky Tasmin Little

conductor violin

Wagner Bruch Elgar

Prelude to Act III, Lohengrin Scottish Fantasy Symphony No.1

Wagner’s Prelude to Act III of his opera Lohengrin is the dashing opener to this concert of British and German heavyweights. A central figure of German Romanticism, Max Bruch also spent a fair part of his life in Britain and his Scottish Fantasy makes great play with Celtic folk tunes and dances. This piece was unexpectedly cancelled last season so we’re delighted to be able to offer it in 2012, this time performed by effervescent English violinist, Tasmin Little. Elgar’s First Symphony was praised as ‘the greatest symphony of modern times’ by its first conductor, Hans Richter. There’s no denying its energy and epic sweep but Elgar also finds time for some of his most delicate and poignant music. Vassily Sinaisky, a great Russian conductor with a passion for English music, conducts this Edwardian masterpiece. ● Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Tasmin Little in conversation.




SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY, 11.00AM Lara Melda performs Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin (see page 17 for details).

Tasmin Little © Melanie Winning

Estimated finishing time: 9.25pm

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Andre de Ridder © Marco Borggreve



sinfonia ViVA André de Ridder conductor Antje Weithaas violin Nottingham Harmonic Choir Handel Bach Ian Vine Beethoven

Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest Violin Concerto No.2 thirty-five objects (world première) Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’

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Tickets: £10 - £32 André de Ridder’s final concert in Nottingham as sinfonia ViVA’s Principal Conductor warrants a special programme. The tone is set by Handel’s famous anthem, Zadok the Priest. Written in 1727 for the crowning of George II, this glorious ceremonial piece has been used at every British coronation since. Another giant of the Baroque provides the concerto, with Bach’s jovial Second Violin Concerto performed by the exceptional German violinist Antje Weithaas. A world première by the young English composer Ian Vine sets up a grand finale with Beethoven’s Third Symphony. Dedicated, at first, to the revolutionary figure of Napoleon, it had a seismic impact on the musical world. Nothing on its scale had been attempted before; its length, power and emotional range proclaimed it the first truly Romantic symphony and ignited the spark for generations of composers to come. ● Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: André de Ridder in conversation. Estimated finishing time: 9.20pm

AFTER HOURS 20 minutes after main performance, in the auditorium sinfonia ViVA ticket holders. £3 for non-ticket holders Antje Weithaas, violin Members of sinfonia ViVA Nottingham Harmonic Choir Bach Brahms Whittaker Berg

Es ist Genug Geistliches Lied Lux Aurumque Violin Concerto (Chamber version)

The chamber version of Berg’s intensely expressive Violin Concerto is the centrepiece of this late nighter, which also includes the Bach chorale that inspired it and a pair of contrasting Romantic and contemporary choral works. A co-promotion with



BBC PHILHARMONIC Discovering Mahler Juanjo Mena Stephen Johnson

conductor presenter


Symphony No.5

The ominous trumpet call that begins Mahler’s Fifth Symphony might well lead us to expect a nerve-shredding encounter with fate. And yet this dramatic symphony was written in the afterglow of his meeting the love of his life, Alma Schindler, and contains some of his sunniest and most tender music. Its powerful emotional extremes - from bullying double basses and explosive brass to the serene love song at the symphony’s heart - ensure an exhilarating ride. Radio 3 Presenter Stephen Johnson introduces this turn-of-the-century titan, in the company of the BBC Philharmonic and its new Principal Conductor, Juanjo Mena. Together they offer a user-friendly guide to Mahler’s unique sound world, before a complete performance of the Fifth Symphony. If you haven’t yet fallen under Mahler’s spell then this is the place to start. Estimated finishing time: 9.30pm

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BERLIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Konzerthausorchester Berlin) Alexander Liebreich Kit Armstrong

conductor piano

Beethoven Mozart Brahms

Overture: Coriolan Piano Concerto No.21 Symphony No.1

It took Brahms fifteen years to complete his First Symphony, troubled as he was by following in the footsteps of Beethoven. But there’s no sign of this in the gripping opening, with thunderous timpani strokes underpinning the soaring strings. It’s the beginning of a heroic struggle, lightened by a sublime slow movement and eventually resolved in the broad, purposeful tune in the final movement, Brahms’s homage to the Ode to Joy theme of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Beethoven’s gritty portrait of Shakespeare’s tragic Roman hero opens the concert before Mozart’s most famous piano concerto, whose ethereal central movement gained the nickname, the ‘dream andante’. Joining the acclaimed Berlin Symphony Orchestra for this performance is Kit Armstrong, the phenomenal 19-year-old pianist, composer, mathematician and master of origami. For a young genius in full flight look no further. Estimated finishing time: 9.25pm

Kit Armstrong

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THE HALLÉ Sir Mark Elder Sofya Gulyak

conductor piano

Borodin Borodin Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky

Overture: Prince Igor Symphony No.2 Concert Fantasy 1812 Overture

Believe it or not, it’s been 25 years since we last heard the 1812 Overture in a Nottingham Classics season, but we’re delighted to bring it to you now, courtesy of Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé. And before the trumpets, bells and cannons signal the defeat of Napoleon, there’s a mighty trio of Russian masterpieces, beginning with Borodin’s spirited Overture to Prince Igor and followed by his greatest work, the colourful and patriotic Second Symphony. This performance also offers a rare opportunity to hear Tchaikovsky’s Concert Fantasy for piano and orchestra. Russian pianist Sofya Gulyak is the soloist in this rhapsodic showpiece, a melting pot of memorable tunes with an impressive solo cadenza for the pianist at the beginning and spectacular virtuoso displays throughout.

Estimated finishing time: 9.30pm SPECTACULAR


Image © Joel Chester Fildes

● Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Sir Mark Elder introduces the programme.

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NIGEL KENNEDY GALA CONCERT Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Andrew Litton conductor Nigel Kennedy violin Rossini Elgar Brahms

Overture: The Thieving Magpie Enigma Variations Violin Concerto

Estimated finishing time: 9.20pm There are few violinists who have changed the classical landscape like Nigel Kennedy. The power behind the best-selling classical album of all time continues to tear up the rule book, whilst producing the most spontaneous and memorable performances you’ll hear in the concert hall. Expect both fire and finesse when he takes on Brahms’s epic Violin Concerto.

Nigel Kennedy © Rankin

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American conductor Andrew Litton is a true anglophile when it comes to orchestral repertoire and he’s won plenty of praise for his performances of Elgar. In this case it’s the composer’s muchloved set of musical portraits, which became so popular worldwide that Mahler even conducted it. The Enigma in these variations is, in the composer’s words, the theme that ‘goes but never appears’, but with the famous Nimrod variation at its heart there’s no shortage of the composer’s matchless, heartstirring melodies.


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Enjoy an hour of great piano music in the company of some of the most exciting rising stars of the piano. Our Sunday Morning Series offers a thrilling mix of classic works and rare gems from Rachmaninov to Gottschalk with the chance to chat with the artists over coffee and cake after the concert.

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Beethoven Schumann Schumann/Liszt


Gottschalk Alessandro Taverna © Pierluigi Marchesan

Piano Sonata No.2 Abegg Variations Widmung Frühlingsnacht Grand Scherzo Tournament Galop

Chopin Messiaen Scriabin Liszt

Piano Sonata No.13 ‘Quasi una fantasia’ Scherzo No.4 Regard de l’Esprit de joie Piano Sonata No.10 Tarantelle di bravura





Haydn Brahms

Beethoven Debussy

Lara Melda © Benjamin Harte


Piano Sonata No.52 Paganini Variations (Book I and II) Piano Sonata No.1


Piano Sonata No.17 ‘The Tempest’ Reflets Dans L’Eau Minstrels Etudes Op.25, No.1 and No.11 Ballade No.1

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James Baillieu © Benjamin Harte




THE JOHN WILSON ORCHESTRA John Wilson and his dazzling orchestra have been the runaway success at the BBC Proms in the last two years and last December they blew us all away here in Nottingham. This year we’re thrilled to welcome them back to perform ‘Hooray for Hollywood’, a celebration of the Golden Age of big-screen soundtracks from the dawn of the talkies and the birth of the movie musical through to the 1960s. Joining him to recreate the cinematic magic of Hollywood is a line-up of major musical stars paying tribute to Hollywood greats such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Tickets £17 - £42 John Wilson © Chris Christodouloue

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Hooray for Hollywood!

Booking opens on 10 June Please Note: This concert is not part of the Nottingham Classics Subscription Series.

Nicola Benedetti © Kevin Westenberg

Alison Balsom © Mat Hennek / EMI Classics



THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE CONCERT Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sian Edwards conductor Alison Balsom Nicola Benedetti Natalie Clein Lesley Garrett

trumpet violin cello soprano and presenter

Vaughan Williams Haydn Franck Piazzolla Elgar Tchaikovsky Vaughan Williams Mascagni Walton Handel

The Lark Ascending Trumpet Concerto Panis Angelicus Libertango Chanson de Matin Rococo Variations The Wasps Overture Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Two Pieces from Henry V Let the Bright Seraphim

People’s favourite Lesley Garrett presents this celebratory evening and will also be performing several famous opera arias and popular songs. Lesley Garrett

Natalie Clein © Sussie Ahlberg

An all-star line up of Britain’s most charismatic artists performs this special concert in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Besides a glittering parade of stunning solo pieces there are some much-loved British pieces to enjoy, from Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps Overture to Elgar’s Chanson de Matin.

Tickets: £17 - £42 Booking opens on 25 July Please Note: This concert is not part of the Nottingham Classics Subscription Series.

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Record Breakers! Over the last five years NOW HEAR THIS has brought thousands of Nottinghamshire schoolchildren to hear an hour of spectacular orchestral music. In 2012, in the spirit of the Olympics, the Hallé will be playing some of the fastest, highest and strongest music ever written. Hallé French horn player Tom Redmond presents this action-packed concert for children aged 8 to 12 which, as ever, will offer plenty of opportunities to join in the fun, including a massed performance of music from the Sing Up Songbank. Tickets £3. Look out for the teachers’ pack in September.



Leave the rush hour behind and go on a more exciting journey in the company of the Hallé. If you’re new to live orchestral music then this is a great place to start, with a vibrant mix of great music packed into an hour-long concert. And there’s also the chance to join in the performance as part of the Drivetime Choir. Over 500 people took part last time we did this and really raised the roof, so why not give your vocal chords a workout and enjoy the thrill of performing with one of the world’s great orchestras? Tickets £7.50, Under 16s £5. Booking opens 25 July. For information on to join the Drivetime Choir, contact


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Follow signs for the city centre and the ‘Royal Zone’. There are several car parks within a 5 minute walk including Trinity Square Car Park, and the Crowne Plaza Hotel Car Park just off Wollaton Street. See map for further details.

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NEW! £1 travel tickets Leave your car at home and use the bus or tram to get to the Royal Concert Hall. You can buy £1 return Royal Tickets when you buy your concert tickets and these can be used from all tram stops and on all Nottingham City Transport bus routes. They’re also valid until midnight leaving you plenty of time for a post-show drink.

Car sharing

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You can now save money, reduce your carbon footprint and also make new friends by joining the Nottinghamshare car sharing scheme. Just sign up online at to offer or request a lift to a particular concert.


Nottingham Classics Brochure 2011-2012  

Nottingham Classics concert for the 2011-2012 season

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