Musical portraits and pure, soaring beauty.

Dan the bulldog, Dorabella with her infectious giggle, and the noble, eloquent Nimrod – Elgar’s Enigma Variations are an unforgettable musical portrait of the friends who made him the man he was, right here in the Midlands 125 years ago. But it’s much more than that, and tonight Kazuki Yamada joins violinist Maria Dueñas to pair it with a masterpiece that Elgar loved throughout his life: Beethoven’s radiant Violin Concerto.

About Kazuki conducts Elgar & Beethoven Part 2

Join us for a FREE pre-concert performance from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Ensemble. The performance will take place on the Symphony Hall Main Stage from 6:15pm. No additional ticket is needed for this event.

Where Have I Heard it Before?

Elgar's Nimrod has become a soundtrack to British history. After an understated start, it swells into an epic tune that's been heard in films like Dunkirk and Elizabeth.

Enigma Variations, Nimrod Elgar

Full programme

  • Beethoven, Violin Concerto  (42mins)
  • Elgar, Enigma Variations  (31mins)

Performers