The first concert of our 34th season was a wonderful event - we were privileged to accompany Alessandro Taverna in the Prokofiev third piano concerto - absolutely sublime. And his encore (a jazz piece by Freidrich Gulda) was simply astonishing.
So it is a pause to draw breath and then we are up for our February concert. Following on from last year’s conclusion of playing all of Mahler’s symphonies, this season will see us commence a trip through all of the symphonies of that wonderfully inspiring Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. These are very different works to those of Mahler, but no less technically challenging for the orchestra – and absolutely glorious music to listen to. We shall play his first symphony along with the stirring Finlandia in our February concert.
David Greed is a superb violinist – leader of the Orchestra of Opera North and conductor of the Sinfonia of Leeds; he will be joining us in February to play the evergreen first violin concerto of Max Bruch. And in May, John Wallace makes a most welcome return to play the popular Hummel trumpet concerto.
Other orchestral masterpieces featured in this season include the romantic Rachmaninov second symphony and the dramatic Planet’s Suite by Holst. Alongside Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice and music from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, there will be many opportunities for the orchestra to show off and have fun!
This is going to be a fabulous concert season!
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