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.
Berlioz ‘Reverie et Caprice’ Soloist Bernard Brook
Mahler Symphony No. 5
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
Richard Strauss Symphonia domestica
Adrian introduced the work at 6pm, followed by an informal performance at 6.30pm.
The session was free, but donations were welcome; no tickets were issued.
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 Soloist Masa Tayama
Prokofiev ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Selection from suites 1 & 2)
Kabalevsky’s sparkling overture brilliantly captures the carefree moods of an exuberant hero in the mould of Till Eulenspeigel and Robin Hood. The Tchaikovsky concerto was famously rejected by its original dedicatee Nikolai Rubinstein as being worthless, unplayable and vulgar. How very wrong this has proved to be! Ever since its premiere in 1875 it has been overwhelmingly popular with audiences – and a challenge for pianists. Prokofiev’s celebrated ballet is so full of the most wonderful tunes and orchestral colour that it is a pity that time does not allow us to play it all, but only a generous selection.
Kabalevsky: Overture ‘Colas Breugnon’
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1Movement 1
Prokofiev: ‘Romeo and Juliet’Montagus and Capulets: Dance of the Knights
The Young Juliet
Romeo and Juliet: Love Scene
Death of Tybalt
Romeo at Juliet's Grave
Bridge ‘The Sea’
Chausson ‘Poeme de l’amour et de la mer’ Soloist Emilien Hamel
Britten ‘Sea Interludes’
Debussy ‘La Mer’
Our theme for this concert is the sea in all its moods. The ‘Sea Interludes’ and ‘La Mer’ are well known concert favourites and make attractive partners for Chausson’s evocative ‘Poème’ and Bridge’s orchestral suite, which Britten heard as a boy of 10 and was "knocked sideways" by what he heard. Bridge subsequently became Britten’s teacher and profoundly influenced his musical development.
Strauss ‘Four last Songs' Soloist Janice Watson
Dvořák Symphony No.8
Elgar’s most luxuriant and expansive concert overture shows his facility with music on both the grandest scale and the most intimate. Strauss’s final completed work deals with death, but with a wonderful sense of calm acceptance, and features soaring melodies for the soloist against full orchestra. Dvořák’s symphony has a warm and optimistic tone, full of tunes inspired by the Bohemian folk music that he loved.
Elgar: ‘In the South’
Strauss: ‘Four last Songs'Frühling (Spring)
Beim Schlafengehen (Falling Asleep)
Im Abendrot (At sunset)
Dvořák: Symphony No.8Allegro con brio
Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
Allegro ma non troppo
Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 Soloist Laura Samuel
Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from ‘Tristan and Isolde’
Elgar ‘Enigma’ Variations
Our season opens with this brilliant overture, full of imaginative orchestral colour, vitality and melody. The Bruch concerto, justifiably one of the most popular in the orchestral repertoire is followed by Wagner’s powerful picture of doomed love, death and ultimately transfiguration. We end with Elgar’s well known portrait of "my friends pictured within" which was the piece which really secured his international reputation.
Berlioz - Overture to 'Benvenuto Cellini' (Note: Closed captions are available by clicking "CC")
Bruch - Violin Concerto
Wagner - Prelude and Liebestod from ‘Tristan and Isolde’
Elgar - 'Enigma' variations
Dmitri Shostakovitch Symphony No. 7 ('Leningrad')
Adrian introduced the work at 5.50pm, followed by an informal performance at about 6.15pm.
Mozart Flute Concerto No.1 in G major Soloist Philip Rowson
Strauss ‘Till Eulenspiegel’
Schumann's "Rhenish" is perhaps his brightest and most optimistic work. Its tunefulness and folk-like character quickly made it one of his greatest successes and its popularity has endured to the present day. Despite Mozart's well known claim to dislike the flute, he wrote very well for it, including this delightful concerto. Strauss's tone poem chronicles the misadventures and pranks of a mischievous German peasant folk-hero. We hear him upsetting market stalls, poking fun at the clergy, flirting with girls and mocking academics. But eventually he is captured and sentenced to death for blasphemy!
Ravel ‘Rapsodie Espagnole’
Rodrigo ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ Soloist Eurico Pereira (Guitar)
Respighi ‘Roman Festivals’
This programme burns with Mediterranean heat and passion, opening with an exuberant overture, one of Berlioz's most popular works. Ravel's Spanish "Rapsodie" has three short movements of sensuous colour and elegance and a dazzling finale. Staying in Spain, the Rodrigo is perhaps the most well known of all guitar concertos, especially its evocative slow movement. Respighi said that "Roman Festivals", his vivid celebration of ancient Rome, represented his absolute peak of orchestral sonority and colour. It's certainly that!
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