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.

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

Sir Edward Elgar
Sir Edward Elgar

Laura Samuel
Laura Samuel
Programme Nov 2009Berlioz Overture to 'Benvenuto Cellini' 

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

Day Workshop at Ravens Wood School BR2 8HP

Dmitri Shostakovitch Symphony No. 7 ('Leningrad')

Adrian introduced the work at 5.50pm, followed by an informal performance at about 6.15pm.

The session was free, but donations were welcome; no tickets were issued.

Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann

Philip Rowson
Philip Rowson

Programme May 2009SchumannSymphony No.3

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!

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