The Hallé returns to Darlington on 26 February

Now in its 159th season, the Hallé ranks among the UK’s top symphonic ensembles.

Conductor Jonathon Heyward (pictured – photo by Jeremy Ayres Fischer) and the Hallé will open this captivating concert with music from Grieg’s evocative Peer Gynt, which includes a glorious depiction of dawn, the thrilling Hall of the Mountain King and much more.

Laurence Rogers is soloist in Richard Strauss’s First Horn Concerto, firmly established as one of the best concertos for the instrument. Sibelius’s Second Symphony, with its sense of heroic struggle, immediately became an emblem for Finnish people in their battles against Russian oppression.