Whet your appetite for the classical stylings of Mozart and Haydn with violinist and director Rachel Podger.

“There is probably no more inspirational musician working today” says Gramophone about violinist Rachel Podger, whose sparkling Tafelmusik debut more than a decade ago left a lasting impression on our musicians and audiences alike. Podger makes her long-awaited return as soloist and director in a program of classical symphonies and concertos by Mozart, Haydn, and their contemporaries.

Our award-winning recordings of Haydn symphonies are widely admired, and this concert is anchored by one of the most dramatic, Symphony no 49. Nicknamed “La Passione,” the work epitomizes the Sturm und Drang style, a precursor to romanticism. Smouldering with intensity, Haydn’s symphony offers early glimmers of the romantic style that would eventually flourish decades later.   

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Running Time
About 120 minutes
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Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

February 10, 2023 8:00 pm
February 11, 2023 2:00 pm
February 12, 2023 3:00 pm

Rachel Podger

Guest director & violin soloist

“Rachel Podger, the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin,” (The Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter of baroque and classical music. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize (2015) and Gramophone Artist of the Year (2018). Rachel is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque. 

Following an exciting and innovative collaboration, A Guardian Angel, with the vocal ensemble VOCES8, Rachel was thrilled to be one of the Artists in Residence at the renowned Wigmore Hall in 2019/2020. Alongside this, Rachel and Christopher Glynn released the world premiere of three previously unfinished Mozart sonatas as completed by Timothy Jones (2021). Their second disc together of three Beethoven Sonatas was released in March 2022. Upcoming recordings include a disc of solo repertoire along with a recording of C.P.E. Bach sonatas with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout.


Rachel Podger guest director & violin soloist


Haydn Symphony no. 43 in E-flat Major “Mercury”

Mozart Violin Concerto no. 1 in B-flat Major, K.207

Mozart Rondo for violin in C Major, K.373

Haydn Symphony no. 49 “La Passione”

Guest Artist Sponsors Alec & Joyce Monro