This is a reminder that the next concert of our 2017-18 season is on Saturday 27th January at Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts BR3 3BP. There are good seats still available including free seats for children in the circle slips, nearest the orchestra.
Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony (the ‘Espansiva’) is light and joyous – not ‘typical’ Nielsen at all. Its famous slow movement, which Nielsen himself described as a ‘landscape Andante,’ uses offstage solo voices to marvellous effect. Vaughan Williams then provides a virtuoso showpiece for principal oboist Caroline Marwood. A folk music-inspired pastorale is followed by a delicate minuet, while the finale is almost a perpetuum mobile – interrupted by some stunningly lyrical passages. The Rosenkavalier suite excerpts moments of Strauss’ greatest masterpiece, including the ‘Presentation of the Rose’ scene, and the most richly textured of the opera’s several waltzes. It concludes with the powerful trio for the Marschallin, Octavian and Sophie – and by the languorous final duet. Not to be missed!
Please note that the date of our March concert has changed from Saturday 17th March to Saturday 10th March (one week earlier) due to unavailability of the concert hall on the original date. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience. Please pass on this information to any friends who are not on the internet.
Centenary and composition competition
We need your help! Our 2018/2019 season will be the Orchestra’s hundredth! We are very keen to know more about our past. Perhaps you have connections to a former player or have fond memories of a particular performance or soloist. Do you remember Ralph Holmes playing the Brahms Violin Concerto in 1980 (or even 1966!), or Alan Civil’s Strauss Horn Concerto in 1970, or the Berlioz Requiem in a Biggin Hill hangar in 1990? Perhaps you can even fill in some of the blanks before 1960 with programmes or reviews. Please contact us with your reminiscences and memories. Our aim is to prepare a full history of the Orchestra for our centenary season.
We are seeking a new work for full orchestra as part of our celebrations. (Works previously performed in concert will not be considered.) Details are on our competition page. The adjudicator will be Dr Robert Saxton, whose decision will be final. He will choose the winners from the top three finalists, as voted on by the orchestra. The winner, who must be a UK resident, will receive £1500. The winning work will receive its first public performance in our 2018-2019 season (concert planned for March 2019).
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