10th November 1999





Music to celebrate the millennium is to be performed by Hull Philharmonic Society at the end of the month in a concert sponsored by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand has been chosen as the society’s major contribution to celebrate the turning of a thousand years.


The work is actually Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and received its nickname because of the unusually large number of musicians required to perform it. He finished the symphony in 1906 and described it as “the biggest thing I have done so far.”


He continued: “Imagine that the whole universe begins to vibrate and resound. These are no longer human voices but planets and suns revolving.”


The concert promises to be a spectacular musical event, as befits both the occasion and Mahler’s vision. The full orchestra - including organ, piano, harps, woodwind, brass, strings and percussion - will be joined by several local choirs and an offstage brass band.


Owing to the enormous number of musicians taking part there will be two performances at Hull City Hall - 7.30pm on Saturday 27th November and the 3pm on Sunday 28th November. Some tickets are still available priced £10 and £8 for the Saturday evening and priced £12, £8 and £5 for the Sunday afternoon.


The event will also mark a milestone in the university’s relationship with the orchestra - it will be the tenth year ULH has sponsored the orchestra’s November performance.


Please contact the Hull City Hall box office on 01482 226655 to reserve tickets.


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For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042