Sudbury Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce that their next concert will be on Sunday 1st July at 6 pm when we will be presenting a program of English and French music for a summer's evening. Gerald Finzi was a British composer born in 1901, his father died when he was 8 and all his three brothers were killed in the First World War. As a complete contrast to the tragedies of his personal life his music is almost always elegiac with a recurring motif of childhood innocence. His Introit for Violin and Orchestra (which would have been the central movement of his violin concerto if he had ever published it) is a virtuosic with wonderful soaring solo lines for the violin. Saint-Saens, a child prodigy if ever there was one, wrote the Havanaise while in his fifties on a concert tour with a solo violinist with Cuban roots. The Latin rhythms and recurring drum beats remind us throughout of its roots but what will immediately strike you is the fiery virtuosic passages for the violin. Both these works will showcase Philippa's huge talent in what will be a bravura performance on the violin.
As a complete contrast Butterworth's Banks of Green Willow is a short piece based (unsurprisingly) on the ballad of the same name. The story within the ballad is really rather shocking and this is reflected in the music's pastoral start, passionate middle section and reflective ending.
Saint-Saens wrote five symphonies (two of which are confusingly unnumbered) of which his 3rd symphony (the Organ symphony) is the most famous. We will be playing the second symphony which Saint-Saens wrote when he was in his mid-twenties. This work forms a bridge between Beethoven and Brahms at a time when composers were trying many different forms of music. Saint-Saens prodigious gift for orchestration are well to the fore in this work.
Philippa studied at the Royal College of Music, during which time she led both the RCM Chamber Orchestra and the Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra. She subsequently spent three years with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra before returning to London to freelance with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Her solo performances have included Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi concerti, Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending, Chausson’s Poeme and Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello.
All in all a very interesting way to spend a summer's evening.
Tickets are just £12 for adults (including complimentary concert programme) and £2 for children aged 16 and under. Tickets will be available from the end of February onwards from Compact Music, North Street, Sudbury and Sudbury Tourist Information (library). Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. As usual a limited number of tickets will be available on the door.
We hope you will join us for this evening of really wonderful music.
Reserve your seats
Friends of the orchestra can reserve their seats in advance once they have purchased a ticket, please see the attached seating plan and give us your first and second preference seats and how many seats you need. If you are not already a Friend, you can easily become one by completing and returning the attached Friends form. For just £20 a year (although if you would like to donate more, please do so) you are entitled to reserve seats at each concert given by the Orchestra and you will receive three vouchers, each voucher entitling the holder to a free drink at one of our concerts.