With Sibelius’s music woven through the Hallé’s DNA, expect a stunning performance of The Oceanides, an impressionistic masterpiece that evokes the sea and nymphs of Greek mythology. Its ending is terrifying, a huge tsunami welling up through the orchestra.

Sir Mark then collaborates with Roberto Ruisi, the Hallé’s Leader in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto. Its NeoBaroque character, defined by Bachian traits, is typically Stravinskian too with its crystalline orchestral colours, sardonic gestures and singing lyricism. For the finale, the Hallé Choir join for Ravel’s complete Daphnis and Chloe. Although conceived as a ballet, the work is a brilliantly sustained, symphonically-developed piece of sensuous music.