On Saturday 24 February, we took a group of PhD students to the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance at the Brighton Dome as a social event for the Hive. Attendees from the Institute of Development Studies, the School of Law Politics and Sociology, the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Brighton Sussex Medical School and a wide range of national backgrounds made for a particularly diverse cohort.
25 year old soloist Albrecht Menzel wowed the audience with his creative cadenzas in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. During a furious sequence of double stops the audience could see shredded hairs of his violin bow hanging astray, although it may be worth noting that his bow stayed entirely intact for longer than Itzahk Perlmann’s in a famous 1979 performance. Menzel received a well-deserved three rounds of applause from a stunned audience.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade was a real pleasure to hear in person, especially after refamiliarising myself with the musical themes and storytelling before the concert. During the most dramatic moments of the fourth and final movement, titled The Festival of Baghdad, the orchestral percussion seemed to make the air of the entire concert hall turbulent.
Watch this space for more information about our next outing to the London Philharmonic on 14 April. We will once again have a batch of tickets available to PhD students for just £5.