Symphony Orchestra Autumn Concert with Cellist Lydia Hillerudh

Henley Symphony Orchestra is delighted to present its autumn 2022 concert in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church on Sunday 13 November 2022. Following the retirement of Ian Brown, the orchestra’s Music Director of many years, our guest conductor will be Jacques Cohen, Principal Conductor of the Cohen Ensemble.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, depicting a Roman leader’s transition from brutality to tenderness, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus. This will be followed by Schumann’s brooding ‘Cello Concerto played by Swedish ‘cellist Lydia Hillerudh. Written in a two-week burst of inspiration in 1850, the concerto was rarely performed until the turn of the century. The concert concludes with the Fifth Symphony by Sibelius, which opens with swirling strings that suggest the fluttering of Sweden’s native swans. It is justly famous for one of the greatest symphonic finales.

Cellist Lydia Hillerudh was born into a musical family in Stockholm, Sweden, the oldest of seven sisters who all grew up playing the cello. In 2012, She won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with Distinction and was awarded the Barbirolli Prize for her solo playing and outstanding studentship. Given a shortage of ‘cello music for seven cellists, Lydia rose to the task and discovered that she had both a passion and a talent for arranging music. Her arrangements for string and cello ensembles have now been performed across the UK and all over Scandinavia.  Lydia now lives in London and performs in the UK and Sweden as a soloist and also as a chamber musician with the Tritium Trio and Mila Piano Trio. With the former, she has won the Harold Craxton Prize and Isaacs/Pirani Trio Prize, as well as the Audience Prize in the coveted St-Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition.

Tickets are available by email to or by phone on 07726 459261. Prices are £20 unreserved and £8 for U16s and students.