Concerts & Events

Ray Chen


Wednesday 1 June 2016 7:30 pm
Royal Hall

Mozart    Symphony No.35 in D Major ‘Haffner’ K385
     Violin Concerto No.3 in G Major ‘Strassburg’ K216
     Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major K218
     Symphony No.39 in E flat Major K543
Gábor Takács-Nagy  Conductor
Ray Chen  Violin


We are very sorry to announce that Nicola Benedetti has been advised by doctors to withdraw from Manchester Camerata’s season finale at The Bridgewater Hall (3 Jun) and further concerts in Harrogate (1 Jun), Crewe (2 Jun) and Malvern (4 Jun). We are delighted that Ray Chen will replace Nicola Benedetti for all four concerts. Manchester Camerata's Music Director, Gábor Takács-Nagy, will conduct all four concerts, replacing Andrea Marcon.

Nicola Benedetti has written a personal message to all concert-goers who have booked tickets: 'I am deeply disappointed and sad to be missing these engagements with Manchester Camerata. I greatly look forward to returning to full health and rescheduling this wonderful project with them.'

Winner of the Queen Elisabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions (2008), Ray Chen is one of the most compelling young violinists today. The great Maxim Vengerov has said of him: ’Ray has proven himself to be a very pure musician with great qualities such as a beautiful youthful tone, vitality and lightness. He has all the skills of a truly musical interpreter.’ Ray's performance with Camerata will be a fantastic opportunity to see this exceptional young virtuoso in action, before his performance at this year's BBC Proms with Sir Andrew Davies and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Camerata’s Music Director, Gábor Takács-Nagy, who knows Ray personally said today: ‘We are truly fortunate that the wonderful violinist Ray Chen is able to step in at such short notice to replace Nicola Benedetti. Ray is a musician of rare talent and exceptional charisma, and it will be a joy and a privilege to perform Mozart with him next week’.

Followed by over 2 million people on SoundCloud, Ray Chen looks to expand the classical music audience by increasing its appeal to the young generation via all available social media platforms. In particular his series of quirky, self-made online videos has proven an effective tool in broadening the reach of classical music through humour and education.

The revised programme is listed above.

Everyone at Manchester Camerata wishes Nicola Benedetti a speedy recovery.

PRE-CONCERT TALK 6.30pm  Free admission
Mozart and his mental health: An exploration of the theories surrounding the man behind the music.

CONCERT 7.30pm



Box Office: 01423 562 303
In person: Harrogate International Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA

£34, £30, £28, £22, £18*
Under 18s: £5

* A £1.75 per ticket booking fee applies.

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