Concert Season 2018 - 2019With thanks to our Sponsors
Conductor - Neil Mantle MBE
Sunday 25th November 2018 at 7.45pm
Dvořák: Four Slavonic Dances, opus 46
Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song
soloist: James Willshire
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor "Pathétique"
The 'Pathetique'—Tchaikovsky's last symphony—was premiered a mere eleven days before his death: "I consider it the best and most open-hearted of my works; I love it as I have never loved any of my other musical creations." This, the most powerfully emotional of his works, is balanced by Dohnányi's charming and witty Variations for piano and orchestra, and Dvořák's Slavonic Dances are sure to send you home light of heart and (hopefully) of step!
Sunday 27th January 2019 at 7.45pm
Beethoven: Symphony No 1 in C major
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1
soloist: Charles Mutter
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Russian music is always very popular with our large and loyal audience, and this programme promises to be no exception! Charles Mutter, leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, makes a welcome return in Shostakovich's brooding violin concerto, and "Pictures at an Exhibition" is undoubtedly Mussorgky's most celebrated work. As if this were not enough, we also include Beethoven's engaging ﬁrst symphony!
Sunday 26th May 2019 at 7.45pm
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, opus 56
Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, opus 103
soloists: Claire Sterling and Robin Michael
Symphony No 2 in D major, opus 73
Scottish born 'cellist Robin Michael appeared with us last season in a superb pair of performances (both here and in Linlithgow) of Dvořák's beautiful concerto; a return invitation was immediate! This time he is joined by Claire Sterling in a husband and wife collaboration performing the Brahms Double Concerto. Harmony of every variety is sure to reign! The Second Symphony is the sunniest of the four, and contrasts perfectly with the autumnal concerto. Our Brahms Festival—and season—concludes with his Variations on a Theme by Haydn.
Season 2019 - 2020: Advance InformationSunday 1st September 2019 at 7.45pm
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
Verdi: Overture to "La Forza del Destina"
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 1 in F♯ minor
soloist: Jill Morton
Respighi: The Pines of Rome
Sunday 24th November 2019 at 7.45pm
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5 in D
Elgar/Payne: Symphony No 3
Sunday 2nd February 2020 at 7.45pm
Smetana: Má vlast - The Moldau (Vltava)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Dvořák: Symphony No 6 in D minor
Sunday 24th May 2020 at 7.45pm
A Night in Vienna:
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Schubert: Symphony No 8 "Unfinished"
Mozart: Exultate Jubilate
Johann Strauss: Arias from "Die Fledermaus"
soprano: Milly Forrest
Strauss family: Favourite Walzes and Polkas