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A Concert For Wildlife

Saturday 16 July 2016
Exeter Cathedral,

A Concert For Wildlife

Ouverture - The Wasps - Ralph Vaughan Williams

On Hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring - Frederick Delius

Violin Concerto in D - Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky (soloist: Tamsin Waley Cohen)

Ouverture - Die Fledermaus - Johann Strauss

Prélude a L’aprés midi d’un Faune - Claude Debussy

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes - Benjamin Britten

Tintagel - Arnold Bax

a musical programme that has strong and obvious connections with the natural world (wildlife, land and seascapes)

ESO are delighted to have been asked to perform this concert, which is seeking to raise funds for Devon Wildlife Trust, and will see Tamsin Waley-Cohen return to work with the orchestra once again.

Thank you to DWT for providing us a great opportunity to perform for your local trust and taking us back into the Cathedral. It has also given us a really colourful opportunity to explore music about our countryside and wildlife that so many composers have used for musical subjects and inspiration.

Indeed Harry Barton, Chief Executive of DWT commented: "I'm delighted that the Exeter Symphony Orchestra has agreed to perform a fundraising concert for DWT at such a wonderful venue. Devon's exceptional wildlife brings colour, beauty and wonder to our lives. The musical programme includes some of my personal favourites, and is a reminder of how many of the greatest pieces of music ever written have been inspired by nature. It promises to be a fabulous evening."

With the recent success by this group to gain lottery funding for the threatened world of bats it also gave us the opportunity to include the great Johann Strauss' ouverture to one of the most popular light operas - Die Fledermaus - literally translated as 'flying mouse' - a nice title for those dear creatures we know as bats but wait 'til they take over your lounge - { ask me at the concert about this! }

Other works we are playing all have nature and wildlife as their inspiration and the pieces being performed are immediately appealing to all. The central work though is that ever popular violin concerto by Tchaikovsky, and a favourite soloist of the orchestra - Tamsin-Waley Cohen - joins us again,and with her frequent visits here with the Honeymead Ensemble, including one this May in the Cathedral, her exhilarating and expressive playing is well known to us all in Devon.

Try this for a great film realisation of the world of bees/wasps with a definite sting in the tail!! Please stay with it to the end.