• Brahms Academic Festival Overture
  • Mendelssohn  Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Mendelssohn  Symphony No. 1

Alpesh Chauhan needs no introduction to audiences in Birmingham – and nor does Felix Mendelssohn. His music was an instant smash when he visited the city in the 19th century, and in the CBSO’s centenary season, his sparkling First Piano Concerto was like cracking open a bottle of musical champagne – especially when it’s played by our old friend Stephen Hough. Critics say he’s Britain’s greatest living pianist, but we’re just glad to welcome him back, at the heart of a concert that ends with the irrepressible energy of Mendelssohn’s First Symphony, and begins with the cheerful student drinking songs of Brahms’s festive overture. Bottoms up: this is music to prove – once again - that youth is simply a state of mind!