From romance to tragedy, this is an evening of raw, untamed emotion.

In the 19th century, music was about fantasy as well as emotion. Mendelssohn sends a violin to fairyland; Clara Schumann composes musical love poems, and Brahms strides into the teeth of the storm in his tempestuous final symphony. And Richard Wagner pens a tender birthday greeting to the love of his life: a magical opening to an evening of wonder from husband and wife duo, conductor Daniele Rustioni and violinist Francesca Dego.

About Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

Free Pre-Concert Performance

Join the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Orchestra for a FREE pre-concert performance of Anna Meredith's Nautilus and Debussy's La Mer. The performance will take place in the main auditorium at 6:15pm. Doors will be open from 6pm. No ticket is required to attend the pre-concert performance.

Listen In

Take a sneak peek at the music in this concert.

Violin Concerto Mendelssohn

Full programme

  • Wagner, Siegfried Idyl  (20mins)
  • Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto  (26mins)
  • Clara Schumann (arr. Rofe), Three Romances  (8mins)
  • Brahms, Symphony No.4  (38mins)


  • Photograph of Daniele Rustioni in white tie at an opera house.

    Daniele Rustioni

  • Photograph of Francesca Dego holding her violin.

    Francesca Dego