Join us for an evening of romantic drama...

An irresistible piano concerto is at the centre of this orchestral concert. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is sheer romantic drama – from its opening chords to its glorious melodies. Alongside is Brahms in festive mood, in the joyously tuneful Serenade and Academic Festival Overture.

About Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto

Free Pre-concert Performance

Join Royal Birmingham Conservatoire pianists Joachim Lim and Maria Molero Linares from 18:30-19:00 in the Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space for a free recital.

Joachim Lim
Schumann, Waldszenen (Selected Movements)

Maria Molero Linares
Chopin,Two Nocturnes (Op. 62)

Where have I heard it before?

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto is most famously used in the soundtrack to the 1945 romantic film Brief Encounter, as well as in The Seven Year Itch, starring Marilyn Monroe. Eric Carmen’s song ‘All by myself’ (which features in Bridget Jones’s Diary) is based on the second movement!

Piano Concerto No. 2: 2nd movement Rachmaninoff

Full programme

  • Brahms, Academic Festival Overture  (10mins)
  • Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2  (32mins)
  • Brahms, Serenade No. 1  (40mins)


  • Headshot of conductor François Leleux

    François Leleux

  • Headshot of pianist Behzod Abduraimov. He is leaning in a white archway.

    Behzod Abduraimov