Past concerts

Shostakovich and Ustvolskaya – 30 March 2019

Galina Ustvolskaya – Symphonic Poem No. 2 (UK premiere)
Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 4

30 March 2019, 7.30pm
Hammersmith Town Hall, London

Marc Dooley, conductor
Tom Evans, leader

Tickets £12 (under-18s £8)

Part of our 60th Anniversary Season

About this concert

Scored for an enormous orchestra of over 100 musicians, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 had its premiere delayed by 30 years due to Soviet censure. On its first performance, the composer told a friend: “In many ways, it seems to me the Fourth is better than the symphonies that came after.”

Galina Ustvolskaya

Galina Ustvolskaya in 1955 (

Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) was a pupil of Shostakovich, but developed her own distinctive compositional style, of which she said, “There is no link whatsoever between my music and that of any other composer, living or dead.” Shostakovich himself wrote, “It is not me who has influenced you; you have influenced me”. This will be the first UK performance of her “Symphonic Poem No. 2”, written in 1959.

A guide to Galina Ustvolskaya’s music (Tom Service, The Guardian)

The Inner Mountain: Memories of Galina Ustvolskaya (VAN Magazine)

Illustration by Caroline Whitehead

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