BBC Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the music of Hector Berlioz at Saffron Hall on Sunday, February 17

PUBLISHED: 12:52 30 January 2019

Berlioz will be celebrated by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Saffron Hall

Berlioz will be celebrated by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Saffron Hall

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The BBC Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the music of Hector Berlioz at Saffron Hall on Sunday, February 17 and it will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the music of Hector Berlioz at Saffron Hall on Sunday, February 17, it will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

The concert marks 150 years since the death of the French romantic composer. The centrepiece of the programme will be his Symphonie Fantastique, first performed in 1830. when he was 26.

Berlioz, who was expected to become a doctor like his father, left medicine for music and wrote the piece to win the affections of the Irish, Spakespearen actress Harriet Smithson. It worked, they got married. It took a while though. Apparently, he fell in love with her when he was aged 22. He pursued her obsessively until she finally accepted him seven years later. The Symphonie is in five movements, a dream, a ball, a country scene and two nightmares.

The programme also includes Les Nuits d’ete from 1841.

Tickets, £24-£55 from saffronhall.com, 0845 548 7650 or Tourist Information 01700 524002.

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