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.

Nicholas 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.

This concert has been kindly supported by the Delius Trust

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

Sunday 19 May 2019

Chamber orchestra concert

Please come and join us for Banbury Chamber Orchestra’s May concert!

On the afternoon of Sunday 19 May the BCO will perform three diverse pieces for chamber orchestra. We start with Sibelius’stirring suite of incidental music for Pelléas & Mélisande, a play by the symbolist playwright Maurice Maeterlinck. The first movement of this suite has been immortalised as the theme music to the BBC’s ‘Sky At Night’ programme.

Following this will be Holst’s short and entertaining Fugal Concerto, for flute, oboe and strings.

To end the programme we play Haydn’s SymphonyNo. 98, written in 1792 while the maestro was in London, and shortly after he had heard of the death of his great friend Mozart.

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