Sometimes music can be so powerful it speaks to and uplifts our very soul and this programme of Kodaly, Beethoven and Brahms was one such occasion.

Conducted by the modest but hugely talented Christoph Konig, the evening commenced with Kodaly's Hungarian gypsy themed Dances of Galanta which conjured visions of fast twirling dancing and festivities. The frenetic pace at times showcased the amazing skills of the orchestra.

Soloist John Lill, arguably Britain's most talented pianist, then joined the orchestra for a moving and exquisite performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3.

It is incredible to consider that the composer suffered manic depression along with profound deafness later in life yet despite this still created such beautiful inspiring music of sheer genius.

On its debut performance with Beethoven as soloist, his page turner and friend remarked: “I saw almost nothing but empty pages for he played nearly all the solo part from memory….as was so often the case, he had not had time to set it all down on paper."

All three movements were a delight not least because Lill was so unassuming and humble in himself, allowing his immense musical talents to do the talking.

Described by The Guardian as “the great Beethoven specialist”, you can clearly see why.

With performing career of over 60 years, this was a rare treat and his performance received much deserved foot stomping and rapturous applause from the audience.

Finally the orchestra regrouped for a beautiful performance of Brahms 3rd Symphony.

Having been used in films, songs and even a computer game, it even featured in an episode of classic TV comedy Fawlty Towers where it was joked to be Brahms 3rd racket.

Nothing could be further from the truth of course - this is a symphony of tremendous range and passion of which a music critic of the time wrote “artistically the most nearly perfect."

This showed the BSO at their exquisitely talented best and was one of the most enjoyable programmes I have heard.

Its guests in Lill and Konig were utterly top class. Moving, mesmerising and magnificent throughout. 

We are so privileged to have such a world class orchestra available on our doorsteps. A highly recommended must see some time in 2016 for those that haven't before.

Stephanie Hall