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St Valentine's Day Gala Concert - Philharmonia Orchestra

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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Thameside Valentine's Day Concert for Lovers
What could be more fitting than to attend a concert performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra on Valentine's Day? Even the name of the musicians is synchronous with love. The suffix phil means to like and derives from the Greek philos, which means loving, and the Latin harmonia conveys joining together.

If music is the food of love, join together with your loved one on February 14 for the St Valentine's Day Gala Concert at the Royal Festival Hall where Joji Hattori will be conducting violin music, led by Jennifer Pike and Kevin Zhu. The programme is described as one of 'dazzling romance' and comprises Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture, Sarasate's Carmen-Fantasie and Navarra, Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 and Strauss's Suite, Der Rosenkavalier.

Joji Hattori
Joji Hattori

Jennifer Pike
Jennifer Pike

This concert is guaranteed to bring your emotions to the fore, especially the story of 'Juliet and her Romeo', which does not have the kind of ending envisaged by lovers. And the final piece by Max Bruch has found me with tears streaming down my cheeks. This is music to arouse your feelings and your sentiments. If you are feeling romantic (as you should be on this day) don't forget to step out on to the balcony, weather permitting, and gaze at the moonlit Thames below.

The Royal Festival Hall
The Royal Festival Hall
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Why? To fall in love with music on Valentine's Day
When: 7.30pm on 14 February
Where: The Royal Festival Hall
Cost: All prices are shown on the Southbank Centre website
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