Saturday 23 March 2019

English spring concert

The Banbury Symphony Orchestra welcomes the spring with a concert of English music!

On Saturday 23 March the orchestra will perform four lyrical pieces of music by English composers. Gustav Holst wrote his short Fugal Overture in 1922, a composition which features spiky syncopations which add to the excitement he generates in the piece.

Nick Barton is a local Oxfordshire composer, having taught music to Paul Willett, the Banbury Symphony Orchestra’s current conductor.  His orchestral piece Accord was written especially with the orchestra in mind.

Frederick Deliuswrote his fantasy overture Over the hills and far away in the late 1890s, at a time when the Bradford-born composer was living in Paris. Despite living much of his life abroad, Delius’s unique musical style has always evoked strong echoes of English pastoral scenes.

The orchestra will also perform Elgar’s Enigma Variations, that quintessential expression of England and English friendships. We would like in this concert to play Enigma Variations in honour of the memory of our previous colleague and friend Geoffrey Kent, who died early in 2018. Geoff was a stalwart member of the BSO violin section for many years and the orchestra’s previous leader. He led the orchestra at a concert which the orchestra gave in Adderbury in June 1999, which played the Enigma Variations, 100 years to the day since its first performance in 1899.

Tickets are £10 and 18s and under remain FREE!

Our concert ticket sales have increased since we introduced online ticketing so please book early to avoid disappointment!