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 this archive were recorded by students on the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey.

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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

Day Workshop at Bishop Justus School BR2 8HZ

Richard Strauss Symphonia domestica Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

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.

Sergei Prokofiev
Sergei Prokofiev

Masa Tayama
Masa Tayama
Programme May 2010Kabalevsky Overture ‘Colas Breugnon’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
    Soloist Masa Tayama

Prokofiev ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Selection from suites 1 & 2) Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

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.1
Movement 1

Movement 2

Movement 3

Prokofiev: ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Montagus and Capulets: Dance of the Knights

The Young Juliet

Scene

Madrigal

Minuet

Masks

Romeo and Juliet: Love Scene

Death of Tybalt

Romeo at Juliet's Grave

Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy

Emilien Hamel
Emilien Hamel

Programme Mar 2010Bridge ‘The Sea’

Chausson ‘Poeme de l’amour et de la mer’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
    Soloist Emilien Hamel

Britten ‘Sea Interludes’  

Debussy ‘La Mer’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

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.

Antonin Dvořák
Antonin Dvořák

Janice Watson
Janice Watson
Programme Jan 2010Elgar ‘In the South’

Strauss ‘Four last Songs' Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
    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)

September

Beim Schlafengehen (Falling Asleep)

Im Abendrot (At sunset)

Dvořák: Symphony No.8
Allegro con brio

Adagio

Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace

Allegro ma non troppo

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