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 9 March 2002 at 7:45pm

Home and Away

Guest conductor Mark Fitz-Gerald

 

Schumann Konzertstück for 4 Horns

Soloists Gillian Jones, Oliver Tunstall, Mary Banks & Roy Banks

Schumann composed this showpiece exploiting the capabilities of the recently introduced valved horn while he was living in Dresden in 1849. It demands extraordinary virtuosity and stamina from our ‘home’ team of soloists.

 

Janacek Taras Bulba

Janacek composed many of his finest and most original works when he was over the age of sixty. This portrayal of Gogol’s story of the Ukranian Cossack partisan’s campaign against the Poles is perhaps influenced by the Czech strive for independence during the first world war. Organ and bells augment the normal full orchestra.

 

 

 

Dvorak Symphony No. 5

Although less often performed than the later symphonies, the F-Major symphony, first performed in 1879, has all their tunefulness and ebullience.

 

 

 

Guest conductor Mark Fitz-Gerald

Mark Fitz-Gerald completed his studies at the Royal College of Music in 1977, where his professors included Norman Del Mar and where he won all the major prizes for both orchestral and operatic conducting. From 1983 to 1987 he was Artistic Director of the RIAS Jugendorchester (West Berlin ) where his innovative Filmharmonic Concerts received much acclaim and were later made available on CD. He returned there to continue the series with the Berlin Rundfunkorchester in 1992.

 

Background picture: Brno station, towards the end of Janacek’s life. Page design David Young.

Programme Mar 2002

Saturday 19 January 2002 at 7:45pm

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis

In the rich writing for double string orchestra and string quartet, we are simultaneously listening to something very old and new. First performed in Gloucester cathedral in 1910, the Fantasia is based on a hymn in the Phrygian mode contributed by Tallis to Archbishop Matthew Parker’s Psalter of 1567.

 

 

Haydn Sinfonia Concertante

Violin Bernard Brook, Cello Alice McVeigh, Oboe Sara Grint, Bassoon Stephen Fuller.

The delightful Sinfonia Concertante gives a showcase for our ‘home’ team of BSO soloists. It was composed in London in 1792 where Haydn also produced his last 12 symphonies, as well as arranging British folk-songs.

 

Bruckner Symphony No. 4

The first, and most popular, of his great major key symphonies, Bruckner called this majestic work in E-flat ‘The Romantic’, the only time he used a descriptive sub-title.

 

 

 

Programme Jan 2002

Saturday 10 November 2001

Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien

Tchaikovsky was captivated by his stay in Italy in the winter of 1879-80. His popular Italian caprice begins with a trumpet call he heard every evening from barracks near his hotel in Rome.

 

Mendelssohn Italian Symphony

Arguably the most melodic of the five symphonies, the fourth was finished in London in 1833 after travels in Italy 1830-31.

Holst The Perfect Fool Ballet Suite

Gloucestershire-born Gustav Holst parodies other composers in his one-act comic opera, first produced in London in 1923. In the ballet music, published separately in 1920, we hear the dances of the magical spirits of Earth, Water and Fire.

Respighi The Pines of Rome

Respighi’s portrayal of Rome’s pines brings to life pictures of children playing, a mysterious catacomb, a night scene with a nightingale’s song, and a ghostly approaching Roman army marching down the Appian Way.

One of three symphonic poems evoking the city of Rome, Respighi uses bold orchestral colours he developed studying with Rimsky-Korsakov during visits to Russia 1900-03.

Saturday 20th May 2000

Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings

Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Soloist – Simon Mulligan

Sibelius Symphony No 5 in E flat

Conductor Adrian Brown
Leader Bernard Brook

Dedication To Mr Barrington Pearce

Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Moderato

Allegretto

Allegro

Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Allegramente; andante

Adagio assai

Presto

Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E flat
Tempo molto moderato

Allegro moderato

Andante mosso, quasi allegretto

Allegro molto

Recording produced by Christopher Town (Tel 020 8851 9116) with the assistance of Timothy Yeo of Audio Digital and David Elvin.

Saturday 20th February 1993

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 63
Soloist – Bernard Brook

Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony in Four Scenes Op. 58

Conductor Adrian Brown

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 63
Allegro moderato

Andante

Allegro, ben marcato

Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony in Four Scenes Op. 58
Lento lugubre

Vivace con spirito

Andante con moto

Allegro con fuoco

Concert 26th March 1990

Festival of Arts for Bromley Borough

Carey Blyton Fanfare “Scramble!”

Berlioz “La Grande Messe des morts”

The Festival Orchestra & Chorus

With brass groups from:
Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall
Harrow School for Young Musicians
Bromley Youth Concert Band

Conductor Adrian Brown

Tenor Piotr Kusiewicz

Carey Blyton Fanfare “Scramble!”

Berlioz “La Grande Messe des morts”

Recording by Christopher Town reproduced with his permission.

Concert 25th May 1964

String section concert

Guest Conductor Sir Adrian Boult

Soloist John Coulling

Elgar: Serenade

Telemann: Viola Concerto

Tomlinson: Two Pieces for Strings

Britten: Simple Symphony

Hindemith: Trauermusik

Concert Saturday 5th October 1963

(String section) Service of music in memory of Marjorie Whyte

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth

Holst: Psalm 148

Brahms: Requiem How Lovely

Schubert: Psalm 23

Ralph Vaughan Williams: For All the Saints

Bach: Violin Concerto in E Major