Saturday 28 March 2020

Spring concert

Banbury Symphony Orchestra plays in the spring with a varied programme of romantic imagery and story-telling.

Holst: The Perfect Fool, ballet music
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber
Berlioz: Harold in Italy

Our concert will start with Gustav Holst’s ballet music to The Perfect Fool. Holst originally wrote The Perfect Fool as a one-act comic opera in the early 1920s. He later developed a four-section ballet with music derived from the opera, with individual sections representing the Dances of Spirits of Earth, Water and Fire. The whole suite is a tour de force of evocative musical scoring.

To follow, we have Paul Hindemith’s equally evocative Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber. This short four-movement composition takes themes that Weber wrote originally as incidental music for a play on the Turandot legend (which later would be the inspiration for Puccini’s masterful opera). Hindemith’s Metamorphosis is a virtuosic piece which gives the orchestra a full work-out!

After the interval, we welcome back the wonderful Luba Tunnicliffe on viola, to play Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with us. Luba gave an inspirational performance of the Walton Viola Concerto with the orchestra in November 2018. Berlioz’s ‘symphony with viola’ was inspired by the stories of Childe Harolde by Lord Byron. Harold in Italy was written at the suggestion of the great virtuoso Paganini, who then promptly refused to play it, as the solo part was not virtuosic enough!

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