Spring Concert 2018

Saturday 24 March 2018
United Reformed Church,
Southernhay, Exeter
Time: 7.30pm

Spring Concert 2018

Toccata & Fugue in D minor - J.S.Bach arr. Leopold Stokovski

Double concerto for violin & viola. - W.A Mozart (soloists: Sarah Greinig and Adrian Lock)

Symphony No. 2 in D - J.Brahms

Something for everyone again in this Spring concert, and also a chance to feature two very fine local players in the Mozart double concerto.

Many of us who are getting on a bit - and I include myself here - must remember that great Disney film Fantasia, and one of the pieces that featured so strongly in it was the grandiose, and at times totally over the top, orchestration of the celebrated Toccata and fugue by Bach. It is not quite the way an organist might play it in the baroque period but it is quite splendid in its scoring and use of the many orchestral instrumental sections. Toccata 

Once the orchestra have finished showing off in Stokovski's score two fine local soloists will join the orchestra for the Violin/Viola double concerto by Mozart. Sarah Greinig was last seen here with us with her young string ensemble - Goldenstrings - a couple of years ago, and tonight she will join the leader of our viola section - Adrian Lock - in this well-known and demanding double concerto.

Ideally for Spring the final work tonight is the 2nd Symphony by Johannes Brahms - it was about 10 years ago when we last played this one, - and from the outset we are aware of the warmth and excitement of the arrival of Spring. You can almost hear things moving underground in the opening bars and the whole mood is bright and strong. A fine 19th century conclusion to any concert.