Following her LSO Artist Portrait last season, Janine Jansen presents Britten’s Violin Concerto, a grief-stricken yet achingly beautiful violin-concerto-as-requiem, written in despair at the victory of General Franco in the Spanish Civil War. The work struggles between an encroaching darkness and that very last candle-flame of hope, which ever refuses to be fully extinguished.

With its huge emotional scope and large orchestral forces, Mahler’s Symphony No 5 is a real journey from tragedy to triumph. It opens in turbulent darkness and uncertainty, and closes with a vast exultant finale and an ecstatic riot of counterpoint, which ensues in the work’s final pages.