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The Spring Concert

Saturday 19 March 2016
United Reformed Church,
Southernhay, Exeter

The Spring Concert

ENGLISH FOLK SONG SUITE - Wind Band - VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS

CONCERTO FOR OBOE D'AMORE and STRINGS - J.S.BACH (soloist: PENELOPE SMITH)

SYMPHONY No.1 IN Aflat MAJOR - EDWARD ELGAR

J.S. Bach - Concerto for Oboe d'amore

For this Spring concert we were to see the very welcome return of Oboe soloist Althea Talbot - Howard, who was last with us a couple of years ago, and once again giving us the sound of one of the loveliest instruments in the orchestra. Click on this link for a taster.

However, due to illness Althea has had to withdraw from this concert. I am personally very sorry over this loss of her visit and can only send her very warm wishes for a speedy recovery, and apologise to those who so enjoyed Althea's playing last time.

A young oboist, Penelope Smith, has stepped into the gap at very short notice, and we welcome her and thank her very warmly for her help, and hope that she enjoys working with us.

Penelope studied the oboe and the cor anglais at the RCM, graduatng with a Masters in Orchestral Peformance in 2012.In 2011, she was awarded the Evelyn Rothwell Oboe Prize. Since graduating with a Masters in Orchestral Performance 2:1, she has been working as a freelance musician with orchestras throughout the UK such as the English Festival Orchestra, Festival Chamber Orchestra and the London Soloists Philharmonia. She is currently on the extra list for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of Opera North and Orchestra of The Royal Opera House. Penelope's solo performances include Haydn's Concerto for Oboe with the Orchestra of Situation Opera and Agrell's Concerto for Oboe with The Amadé Players.

The other two works need no real introduction to music lovers - both pieces are firm favourites to all music lovers and especially lovers of English music.

The last time we did the V-W folk song suite it was the full orchestra version but since the strings get works just for their section it is good for the Woodwind/Brass to have similar sectional excursions.

Elgar wrote two full symphonies and was working on his third at his death. Both the first and second symphonies are rich in orchestral colour and scoring and have achieved a great following in concert goers. The attached link is by one of our great English conductors so dedicated to the music of English composers.In this concert it is the Symphony No.1 in Ab we shall be presenting for your enjoyment. I look forward to welcoming you all there with a promise of some really exciting music in three well-known pieces.