For our Spring 2023 concert we will be performing Elgar's Salut D'Amour and Holst's Song of the Night with Philippa Barton as soloist and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 - his Italian symphony. As an appetiser we start the evening with Rossini's early overture to Il Signor Bruschino and Holst's Country Song from his Songs without Words. A lovely mix of English and Italian music, sort of!.
Philippa last performed with us in November 2019 when she performed Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto with us. She is a very well known local violinist and teacher who trained at the Royal Academy of Music, freelance with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players and is now leader of a number of regional orchestras. The two pieces she will be playing tonight really showcase the beauty of a solo violin with long lines of tone soaring out while using the orchestra as a subtle and beautiful accompaniment. Both pieces are sublimely expressive works that really remind us of a bygone age.
Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony was composed while he was in his early 20s and was inspired by a trip to Italy. It was an instant success although oddly Mendelssohn kept trying to make changes to it as he was not satisfied with it. This is an exuberant and happy work which always leaves a smile on your face - whether you are playing it or listening to it.
Our opening piece, Rossini’s overture to Il Senor Bruschino is so Rossini that you have to smile. It might be early Rossini but he was an assured composer comic opera by the time he wrote this. Its brief, energetic, has thrilling crescendos and its just fun.
Tickets are jsut £15 for adults and £2 for children (16 and under). They can be bought from Peddars (Market Hill, Sudbury), Sudbury Tourist Information (Sudbury Town Hall) and the Guildhall in Lavenham. They can also be bought from TicketSource or just email firstname.lastname@example.org. As ever a limited number of tickets will be available on the door.
This will be a really wonderful evening’s music, do come and enjoy.