Tuned In: Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony

Thursday 10 November 2011 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons conductor
Stephen Johnson presenter

Shostakovich: Introduction to Shostakovich’s Seventh with live orchestral examples 35′
Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 (Leningrad) 71′ Listen on Spotify

Dmitri Shostakovich sat down and wrote his Seventh Symphony with Nazi forces surrounding Leningrad. In this concert-with-a-difference, presenter Stephen Johnson explains the story behind this modern classic, and shows how Shostakovich uses his huge orchestra – with live illustrations from Andris Nelsons and the 100-piece CBSO! Then there’s a chance to hear the whole symphony. Whether you know and love the Leningrad – or you’re new to Shostakovich – this concert will help you hear it with new ears.

To listen to some of the music in this concert, and explore the rest of the season, using our Spotify playlists, click here.


£20 all areas, including a free programme. Standard CBSO discounts apply.

Review for Saturday 12th’s concert which included Shostakovich 7, by Andrew Clements, Guardian:


…     “Nelsons followed the concerto with Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony. He took immense care over its details, drove the notorious “invasion” of the first movement to a frightening climax, while keeping plenty in reserve for the bombastic blaze with which the work ends. The precision and tonal weight of the orchestral playing were outstanding; its dynamic range remarkable.”     …


Review for Saturday 12th’s concert which included Shostakovich 7, by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:


…     “The famous jackbooting advance of totalitarianism (whether Hitler’s or Stalin’s we shall probably never know) is depicted with the cumulative unstoppability of Ravel’s Bolero – and what a tremendous underpinning the snare-drummer provided in Saturday’s CBSO account under an Andris Nelsons who seems to be permanently on fire.”      …     Rating * * * * *

Slava’s Snowshow

Thursday 10th November, Birmingham Hippodrome

Wed 9 – Sun 13 Nov

SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW touches the heart and the funny bone and is packed with fun for all the family.

It delights and exhilarates theatregoers across the globe with its spectacle, comedy, poignancy and stunning effects.
The breathtaking, heart-stopping finale is unforgettable ….. a magical show of innocence, laughter and joy.
“Pure Magic. An evening of enchantment and fun”
Daily Express

“DAZZLING! Guaranteed to make even the glum thaw into happiness”
The Observer

“Simply thrilling ….. Unmissable comedy masterpiece”
The Independent

“Theatrical brilliance”
Sunday Times
“Utterly breathtaking, the stage effects are dazzling…Suddenly the audience is young, innocent, and transported with delight.” Daily Mail
“One of the most theatrical moments I have ever experienced.” The Guardian
“The unmissable and already classic ‘SNOWSHOW’ is a thing of rare theatrical beauty” The Times

PLEASE NOTE: The first few rows in the stalls are ONLY AVAILABLE BY CALLING TICKET SALES. These seats will not be available to purchase online.

Article on Slava Polunin, by Diane Parkes, Birmingham Mail:


Review by Adrian Caffery, Birmingham Mail:


…     “Created by Russian ‘superclown’ Slava Polunin nearly 20 years ago, this ever-evolving show has three aspects.

Firstly, there’s the clowning around: surreal, full of pathos and never stepping into slapstick – afterall, the show is aimed at big kids, not their children.

Then there’s the audience participation – hysterical but I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun by revealing too much!”     …

Review by Roger Clarke, BehindTheArras: (spoilers!)


…     “His multi-award winning Snowshow is billed as a childhood fantasy and it is certainly that, filled with whimsy, the absurd, fun, poignancy, sadness and even a touch of terror.     […]    

[…]     You could see the wonder and delight in the faces of children but, let’s face it, in the world of Slava we are all just big kids once again.”