Archive

Here are some programmes, recordings and videos of our performances. In addition, a complete list of every piece we have performed since 1960 is on the repertoire page in a sortable table.

Many of the sound recordings in the archive were recorded at the Institute of Sound Recording at the University of Surrey by a student on the Tonmeister course.

Some more pictures were taken at a rehearsal in 2014 by Anatol Bologan.

Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP

Concert dedicated to the memory of Malcolm Smith

Sir Edward Elgar

Sir Edward Elgar

Programme Nov 2012Bax ‘Tintagel’ Speaker symbol

Elgar Cello concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Jamie Walton

Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2 (London) Speaker symbol

Bax’s best known work paints a vivid picture of the Cornish castle of Tintagel, battered by the Atlantic on a sunny day. Elgar’s wonderful concerto, contemplative and elegiac, has become a much loved cornerstone of the cello repertoire. The symphony depicts various London scenes, including the Westminster chimes, hansom cabs, street sellers’ cries, and the moods and tempos of our capital city.

Bax: Tintagel (Note: Closed captions are available by clicking "CC")

Elgar - Cello Concerto

Vaughan Williams

Langley Park School for Boys, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP
Hans Rott

Hans Rott

Our Summer Workshop is an occasion when the orchestra spends a day rehearsing an interesting work then gives an early evening informal performance which audiences may attend at no charge, although a collection is made to help cover our costs. The rehearsal is open to non-member players (who should apply beforehand) and spectators, including (silent) children.

The work to be studied this year is the Symphony in E by Hans Rott, Speaker symbol a composer few people have encountered. He was a brilliant fellow student with Mahler, but sadly went mad and died at the age of 25. Mahler greatly admired this symphony, and his own symphonies, the first of which was written 8 years after Rott’s, show very strong influences. Anyone who appreciates Mahler’s music will enjoy this.

11:00 – 12.00 Strings only rehearsal

12:00 – 13:00 Full orchestra rehearsal

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch (Please bring your own picnic lunch - weather permitting, lunch can be eaten outside)

14.00 – 15.30 Rehearsal

15.30 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 17.30 Rehearsal

17.30 – 18:00 Break

18:00 – 18.15 Introductory talk to audience with possible extracts

18.15 – 19.15 Performance

Langley Park School for Boys, South Eden Park Road, Beckenham BR3 3BP
Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

Programme May 2012Rossini Overture ‘William Tell’ Speaker symbol

Walton Two pieces from ‘Henry V’  Speaker symbol

Strauss Horn Concerto No. 2  Speaker symbol
    Soloist Richard Watkins

Massenet Méditation from Thaïs Speaker symbol
    Soloist Bernard Brook

Brahms Symphony No. 4  Speaker symbol

Rossini’s overture is very well known, not least for its galloping finale which became the ‘Lone Ranger’ theme music. Music for strings from Walton’s ‘Henry V’ film music calms things down. Strauss’s love for the horn shines though all his orchestral works, and particularly in this late concerto which needs a real virtuoso soloist. We conclude our season with this wonderful symphony, which has been a mainstay of the orchestral repertoire ever since it was written.

Rossini: Overture ‘William Tell’
Introduction

Overture

Walton: Two pieces from ‘Henry V’
Introduction

Henry V Suite 2 - Passacaglia: The Death of Falstaff

Henry V Suite 4 - Touch her soft lips and part

Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2
Introduction

Allegro

Andante con moto

Rondo (Allegro molto)

Massenet: Méditation from Thaïs
Introduction

Méditation

Bernard Brook tribute

Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Introduction

Allegro Non Troppo

Andante Moderato

Allegro Giocoso - Poco Meno Presto

Allegro Energico e Passionato - Più Allegro

Ravens Wood School, Oakley Road, Bromley BR2 8HP
Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

Programme Mar 2012Borodin Overture and Polovtsian Dances from ‘Prince Igor’ Speaker symbol

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 ‘The Emperor’ Speaker symbol
    Soloist Masa Tayama

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra Speaker symbol

Borodin’s wonderful music is very widely known, much of it having been adapted for use in lighter and popular genres, notably in the musical ‘Kismet’. For Beethoven’s most well loved piano concerto, we are delighted to welcome back Masa, whose previous appearances with us met with such enormous acclaim. Bartók certainly puts the various sections of the orchestra through their paces in his showpiece concerto, a true 20th Century classic.

Ravens Wood School, Oakley Road, Bromley BR2 8HP
Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz

Programme Jan 2012Walton ‘Crown Imperial’ Speaker symbol

Elgar ‘Sospiri’ Speaker symbol

Arnold Clarinet Concerto No. 2 Speaker symbol
    Soloist Hale Hambleton

Berlioz ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ Speaker symbol

For 2012, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, we open with Walton’s 1937 coronation march. The poignant ‘Sospiri’ (sighs) cools the mood, ready to be revived by Arnold’s jazzy concerto, originally written for Benny Goodman. In 1830 Berlioz took the musical world into new realms with his vivid picture of passionate but unrequited love that eventually turns into a wild nightmare.

Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt
Programme Nov 2011Elgar ‘Pomp & Circumstance March No. 4' Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Barber ‘Adagio for Strings’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Liszt Symphonic Poem ‘Tasso’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Elgar ‘Violin Concerto'  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
    Soloist
Sasha Rozhdestvensky

We celebrate Liszt’s 2011 bicentenary with one of his great tone poems. Barber’s well-loved Adagio was originally part of his second string quartet. But we begin and end with Elgar. This march is less familiar than the famous No 1, but no less memorable. The Violin Concerto, premiered in 1910, gained immediate popularity and has remained a firm favourite on concert programmes ever since.

Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius
Programme May 2011Schubert ‘Symphony No. 8’ (Unfinished) Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Paul Creston ‘Marimba Concertino’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
    Soloist Alexander Main-Ian

Sibelius ‘Symphony No.2'  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

This Schubert symphony has remained one of the most well loved in the concert repertoire in what seems a perfect unfinished state, though others have tried to complete it. Creston’s Concertino is distinctly tonal in the modern American idiom and possessed of a strong rhythmic sense. Sibelius’s Second is by far the most popular of his symphonies. Its style is characteristic Sibelius, with marvellous dark-hued sonorities, expansive brass chorales, passionate expressiveness, and at the end, with screwed up tension leading to a glorious triumphant conclusion.

Carl Nielsen
Carl Nielsen
Complete programme in PDF formatWalton ‘Spitfire Prelude and Fugue’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Sibelius ‘Violin Concerto’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
    Soloist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny

Nielsen ‘Symphony No.5’   Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

The opening item comes from Walton’s music written for the 1942 film ‘The First of the Few’. Sibelius’s only concerto, in turn stormy and tense, quiet and lyrical, and with a dazzling dancing finale, demands forceful dramatic playing from the soloist. Nielsen’s Fifth, widely regarded as his greatest masterpiece, portrays conflict with disturbing but exhilarating power: the contrast between darkness and light, ominous militarism and peace, evil and good, which eventually leads to an affirmative conclusion.

Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
Programme Jan 2011Rimsky-Korsakov ‘Capriccio Espagnol’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Richard Strauss ‘Oboe Concerto’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
    Soloist Caroline Marwood

Stravinsky ‘Petrushka’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol captures the warmth and exuberance of Spain in brilliant technicolour, a free rhapsody based on folksong tunes. The Strauss concerto uses only a small orchestra and provides a wonderful showcase for our principal oboist. Stravinsky’s charming ballet depicts the colourful atmosphere of the Shrovetide Fair and draws on Russian folk melodies to tell the story of a puppet unsuccessful in love.

Gustav Mahler
Gustav Mahler
Programme Nov 2010Beethoven Overture ‘Coriolan’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Berlioz ‘Reverie et Caprice’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
    Soloist Bernard Brook

Mahler Symphony No. 5  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

After Beethoven’s tensely dramatic overture and Berlioz’s elegant romance, we celebrate Mahler’s 150th anniversary year with the vast musical canvas and emotional scope of his Fifth Symphony. Its moods include grim and funereal, savage and angry, ebullient and dancing, lyrical and romantic, and finally radiant and triumphant. Its famous adagietto has become particularly well known through its use in Visconti’s classic film ‘Death in Venice’.

Beethoven: Overture ‘Coriolan’

Berlioz: ‘Reverie et Caprice’

Mahler: Symphony No 5 
Funeral March

Second Movement

Scherzo

Adagietto

Rondo Finale

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