Elder’s Halle deliver Beethoven masterpiece

Beethoven’s Symphony No 3 is one of the great composer’s most popular works and a big crowd flocked to Sheffield City Hall to hear The Halle perform his masterpiece.

And with Sir Mark Elder, the Manchester orchestra’s music director, wielding the baton, the display was a huge triumph.

The band’s performance was magnificent and the thrilling finale was greeted with loud and long applause.

Beethoven’s symphony took up the second half of the concert which began with one of Elder’s protégés - the award-winning Andrew Gourlay - conducting a dozen or so musicians playing Dvorak’s Serenade for wind.

Gourlay gave a confident account of himself and great things are expected of the young man who was featured as a rising star by the BBC Music Magazine earlier this year.

Ending the first half was Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, played by The Halle’s principal trumpet player Gareth Small.

It is a lovely piece and provided the perfect platform for Small to display his virtuosity.

The Sheffield International Concert Season continues on Saturday when the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra visits the City Hall.

Works to be performed include pieces by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Gorecki while the evening will be rounded off with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 2.

The concert is due to start at 7pm.