Thomas Adès starts the second concert of his residency by reviving Barbirolli’s rarely-performed suite of Purcell’s music taken mainly from his stage works.

Anthony Marwood appears again, now with leading British string soloists Lawrence Power and Paul Watkins for Tippett’s Triple Concerto, a late work of intense glowing lyricism. Among younger British composers, Adès admires Oliver Leith’s works and, at his request, the Hallé has commissioned a new work from him. A multiple award winner, Leith’s music has been called ‘curiously addictive’ (The Guardian) and has been receiving high profile premieres by the BBC, Royal Opera House and at Tanglewood in the USA.

After Elgar’s haunting Sospiri, Adès conducts his one movement symphony, Tevot. Acknowledged as among his finest achievements, it’s been characterised by The Times as ‘a magnificent orchestral journey through chaos to consolation.’