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-GeraldMark 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.
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.
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.
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.
String section concert
Guest Conductor Sir Adrian Boult
Soloist John Coulling
Telemann: Viola Concerto
Tomlinson: Two Pieces for Strings
Britten: Simple Symphony
(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