A Brief Encounter

symphony-orchestra-concert-march-2016_Page_1Put your Sunday night television favourite on to record for later, come to the Hexagon and immerse yourself in the passion of Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto performed by the Henley Symphony Orchestra.  This emotional, poignant music was used to create the atmosphere for one of the all time great films, Brief Encounter.

Written following a period of depression and writer’s block, this concerto marked Rachmaninov’s full recovery. It is a great outpouring of emotion with wonderful tunes. It is both virtuosic and lyrical, a consistent chart topper.

The soloist Martin Roscoe is one of the UK’s best loved pianists, his ”deeply thoughtful musicianship being allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike”. He has made over 500 broadcasts, including seven BBC prom appearances. The BBC music magazine says “I havn’t heard playing from any recent pianist that surpasses Roscoe’s”.

The concert begins with Verdi’s La Forza del Destino overture and ends with Brahms Symphony No 4 whose first movement is described as having a passionate intensity, serious but beautiful. It has a rich slow movement, particularly for the strings which Ian Brown, their conductor says the Henley symphony strings are particularly good at. The whole symphony is full of melody and rich orchestral colours.

The concert is this Sunday, 13 March at 7.30pm.



  • £18, £15, £12
  • 1 child free with paying adult (£15 and £12 tickets)
  • U16s/students half price
  • groups: 1 in 8 free

Where to buy

Tickets are available from the orchestra box office (01235 859210), by reserving by clicking here or via the Reading Arts website or box office (01189 606060) – please note that a fee applies when booking through Reading Arts