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Spring Concert 2019

Saturday 30 March 2019
United Reformed Church,
Southernhay, Exeter

Spring Concert 2019

A Moorside Suite - Holst

Concerto for Orchestra - Bela Bartok

Piano Concerto in G minor - Felix Mendelssohn (soloist: Brian Low Rhung Wei)

Details of the programme are now finalised.

A Moorside Suite for Orchestra – Gustav Holst

Concerto for Orchestra – Bela Bartok         

Piano Concerto in G minor - Mendelssohn. 

While spring 2019 may seem some way off, - and endless tedious news bulletins away over Brexit, {although that won't affect our programme!!} - it is amazing how planning ahead can be fraught with music availability problems discovered at the last minute.

Having conducted the Stokowski arrangement of the Bach Prelude and Fugue several times in my life it was astonishing how difficult it was to find a set for the March concert this year!!

So what is the problem for next year I hear you all ask? Well - while the Holst is an amazing piece - the publishers have withdrawn both full band and orchestral sets, so it depended on finding a library with a set still available. We have found one, but with the orchestral version - not the wind band one.However, another great chance for you all to hear a further wonderful orchestral suite from this great english composer - not just the writer of The Planets !

The Bartok Concerto for Orchestra is probably his best known and most easily listened to piece, and we should have no problems there. In introducing Bartok to all of you I was wanting to start with the one piece that has engaged all listeners, and this is certainly the Concerto for Orchestra. As the name applies the one testing feature is the way Bartok explores and features groups of instruments in concerto style, putting most sections under pressure and in the limelight. However, its colourful use of the instruments; its foot-tapping and lyrical melodies, as well as around 50% that sounds very like Dvorak, should give listeners no problems if this is your first time with this great 20th century composer.

As for a piano concerto we always have a good waiting list of soloists wanting to play with us, but unfortunately - Kiana Shafiei - has had to withdraw for various reasons. However, as mentioned before, we are never short of soloists to play with the orchestra, especially young up and coming artists. We have selected a young malaysian pianist - Brian Low Rhung Wei - who did his early training on a scholarship at Wells Cathedral school till 2016, and is now finishing his degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. His first performance of the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G minor was in Wells Cathedral in 2016.

In the meantime, thank you to all our continued supporters, and a great pleasure and reward it is to be playing for you all.