Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
This work is a major landmark in the musical world. Its first performance in 1913 caused a riot, but it has now taken its rightful place as a staple part of the symphony orchestra repertoire.
It would be very difficult to include Stravinsky’s ballet masterpiece in our formal concert series, as the stage area will not accommodate the forces required (including quintuple woodwind, eight horns, five trumpets, two timpani players etc). We took the opportunity to work on it with our conductor Adrian Brown on Sunday 10th June.
We rehearsed over several sessions during the day, and the final session was open to the public. Adrian introduced the work at 5.30pm, followed by an informal performance at about 6pm (ending around 6.30). The hall was set up “in the round” to enable us to accommodate the resources required and to allow the audience to get up close to the action!
The session was free, but donations were welcome; no tickets were issued.