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Winter Concert 2018

Saturday 24 November 2018
United Reformed Church,
Southernhay, Exeter

Winter Concert 2018

Dances from Gloriana - Benjamin Britten

Concerto for tuba and orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams (soloist: Ross Knight)

Symphony No 2 in Eflat - Edward Elgar


The November concert will be a large event in so many ways.

All three pieces use the full symphony orchestra; the tuba is one of the biggest instruments in the orchestra, and the symphony is a massive orchestral work - so very well-known - by our great British composer Sir Edward Elgar.

Britten's opera Gloriana strangely enough was one of his critical failures as a work, and is rarely done. However the suite of music taken from the work has become a really popular orchestral suite, giving a very attractive mixture of easy listening 20th century music mixed with due homage to the medieval period in its style and sounds.

I have always loved the great Tuba concerto by one of my favourite British composers of the 20th century - Ralph Vaughan Williams. Every time this has been on the programme of concerts anywhere it is always a winner for audiences, both in the use of a rare brass solo instrument and with some of VW's most glorious music and melodies especially in the slow movement.

The soloist will be Ross Knight - who now plays in an orchestra in Switzerland.

Two or three years ago we took the challenge of performing Elgar's 1st symphony, and a great success it was. Many of you asked when we would do the second, and while you may have had to wait, you need wait no longer. Symphony No 2 in Eb is in this November's concert.

Despite the football it was a great joy to see so many of our supporters present on the 7th july - and thankyou all so much for the amazing positive and encouraging feedback for the music chosen. Come September, rehearsals for this next concert will be well underway, and if you haven't already put it in your diaries please feel free to do so now.