Archive

These pages contain programmes and recordings of most of our recent performances. In addition, a complete list of every piece we have performed since 1960 is on the repertoire page.

Many of the sound recordings in this archive were recorded by students on the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey, for which we are very grateful. Note that explicit approval is required for any photography or recordings, since we must have the consent of everyone involved and pay any extra fees incurred.

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Saturday 27th Jan 2018 at 19:45

Programme Jan 2018Caroline MarwoodNielsen Symphony No.3 Speaker symbol
    Soloists Nicola Ihnatowicz and Oskar McCarthy 

Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Caroline Marwood

Strauss Suite from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ Speaker symbol

Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony (the ‘Espansiva’) is light and joyous – not ‘typical’ Nielsen at all. Its famous slow movement, which Nielsen himself described as a ‘landscape Andante,’ uses offstage solo voices to marvellous effect. Vaughan Williams then provides a virtuoso showpiece for principal oboist Caroline Marwood. A folk music-inspired pastorale is followed by a delicate minuet, while the finale is almost a perpetuum mobile – interrupted by some stunningly lyrical passages.  The Rosenkavalier suite excerpts moments of Strauss’ greatest masterpiece, including the ‘Presentation of the Rose’ scene, and the most richly textured of the opera’s several waltzes. It concludes with the powerful trio for the Marschallin, Octavian and Sophie – and by the languorous final duet. Not to be missed!

Saturday 11th Nov 2017 at 19:45

Programme Nov 2017DancerCatherine BornerMárquez Danzón No.2 Speaker symbol

Casals arr Brown ‘Song of the Birds’ Speaker symbol
    Soloist Alice McVeigh

Debussy ‘Ibéria’ from ‘Images’ Speaker symbol

De Falla ‘Nights in the Garden of Spain’ Speaker symbol
    Soloist Catherine Borner

Ravel ‘Boléro’ Speaker symbol

Sexy, sassy and Latin American, Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 is followed by a Spanish folk miniature for solo cello and orchestra. Then we get into the meat of the concert. Debussy’s ‘Ibéria’ – impressionistic and evocative – reminds us of his comment: ‘Music is as boundless as the elements, the wind, the sky, the sea… ’ De Falla himself acknowledged Debussy’s achievement: ‘the intoxicating spell of Andalusian nights, the joyous strains of guitars and bandurrias, whirls in the air!’ De Falla’s own Nights in the Gardens of Spain follows (‘the most tragic and sorrowful of his works, expressing an intimate and passionate drama.’) Catherine Borner’s piano solos are woven within a flamboyant orchestral texture. We conclude with Ravel’s iconic Boléro – by far his most famous work.(At its premiere, a woman furiously objected that Ravel must be mad. Ravel’s comment? ‘She has understood the piece!’) A barn-storming finale!

A good quality video of this concert exists (all 5 pieces, no announcements, 74 minutes approx), recorded in high definition using three cameras and edited by Chris Beston. DVDs (standard definition, £8) and Blu-ray discs (high definition, £12) are for sale in the foyer on concert days or can be ordered through our contact page.

Márquez – Danzón No.2

Casals – Song of the Birds

Debussy – Ibéria

De Falla – Nights in the Garden of Spain

Ravel – Boléro

Saturday 20th May 2017 at 19:45

Programme May 2017Robert BurtonDukas: ‘La Péri’, Fanfare et Poème dansé Speaker symbol

Debussy: Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone Speaker symbol
Soloist Robert Burton

Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Op. 73

Dukas suggested that his La Péri should evoke ‘translucent, dazzling enamel’ with hints of Persia. Debussy’s Spanish-inspired Rhapsody for saxophone and orchestra is followed by Brahms’ radiantly sunny, transcendently lyrical Second Symphony. See you there!

Saturday 18th March 2017 at 19:45

Programme Mar 2017Janice Watson John Upperton

Schumann: Symphony No. 2, Op. 61 Speaker symbol

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde Speaker symbol
    Soloists Janice Watson and John Upperton 

Schumann’s affirmatory Second Symphony precedes Mahler’s orient-inspired masterpiece, in which international artists Janice Watson and John Upperton take us on a journey from heroic energy through autumnal lament to a gloriously existential farewell.

Saturday 21st January 2017 at 19:45

Programme Jan 2017Masa Tayama

Ireland: A London Overture Speaker symbol

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 30 Speaker symbol
    Soloist Masa Tayama

Bliss: A Colour Symphony Speaker symbol

Ireland’s vibrant London Overture is coupled with Rachmaninov’s rhapsodic and virtuosic Third Piano Concerto, starring Masa Tayama. Arthur Bliss’ exuberantly dashing ‘Colour’ symphony – one of the great British masterpieces of the 20th century – spins its magic in the second half.

Saturday 12th November 2016 at 19:45

Programme Nov 2016Elizabeth Scorah

Berlioz: Overture ‘King Lear’ Op. 4 Speaker symbol

Debussy: Danse sacrée et Danse profane Speaker symbol
    Harp soloist Elizabeth Scorah

Ravel: ‘Daphnis et Chloé’ Ballet Speaker symbol

Our French first concert opens with Berlioz’ mercurial and richly programmatic King Lear. Harpist Elizabeth Scorah features in Debussy’s dreamily evocative Danse sacrée et Danse profane, followed by Ravel’s masterpiece of which he wrote: ‘Sumptuous and subtle, I have created the Greece of my dreams.’

Saturday 21st May 2016 at 19:45

Programme May 2016Prokofiev

Prokofiev Symphony No. 7 in C# minor, Op. 131 Speaker symbol

Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major Speaker symbol

    Soloist Martin Bunce

Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia Speaker symbol

Tchaikovsky ‘1812’ Overture, Op. 49 Speaker symbol

The final concert of this season features four short classics. In the first half, Prokofiev’s seventh symphony is teamed with Arutiunian’s dashing trumpet concerto – featuring our own trumpet principal, Martin Bunce. Afterwards, Borodin’s pint-sized tone poem ‘In the Steppes of Central Asia’ is followed by the careering fire, stirring drums and wild cannon of Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812’ Overture. See you there!

Saturday 19th March 2016 at 19:45

Programme Mar 2016BrucknerSchubert Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485 Speaker symbol

Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D minor Speaker symbol

Our third concert of the season features another clever piece of programming: Schubert’s delightfully winning Symphony No 5 is followed by Bruckner’s shortest symphony: his seismic, turbulent and (finally) transcendent Ninth Symphony.

Saturday 23rd January 2016 at 19:45

BeethovenProgramme Jan 2016Beethoven Overture: The Creatures of Prometheus

Sibelius Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 Speaker symbol

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 Speaker symbol

    Soloist Mathieu van Bellen

Beethoven takes pride of place in our second concert: his powerful ‘Prometheus’ Overture and his fabulous violin concerto frame Sibelius’ moodily brilliant Symphony No 4. We are delighted to once again feature rising star Mathieu van Bellen and his Guadagnini violin, this time in one of Beethoven’s most iconic works.

Sibelius

Mathieu van Bellen

Saturday 14th November 2015 at 19:45

Programme Nov 2015TchaikovskyAlexander SoaresSchumann Overture from Manfred, Op. 115 Speaker symbol

Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 Speaker symbol

    Soloist Alexander Soares

Tchaikovsky ‘Manfred’ Symphony in B minor, Op. 58 Speaker symbol

We open the season with two ‘takes’ on the romantic period pin-up, Manfred: Schumann’s broodingly magnificent ‘Manfred’ overture and Tchaikovsky’s rich and dramatic ‘Manfred’ symphony. In between we feature serial international prizewinner Alexander Soares in Grieg’s endlessly tuneful piano concerto. Not to be missed!

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