New Bristol Sinfonia - Archive
Saturday 26th November 2011
Tonight’s concert starts with Elgar’s "In the South". This is a concert overture, written by Elgar during a holiday to Alassio, Italy in 1904. As he wandered around the hills and absorbed himself in the history of the town, the overture formed in his mind. "In that time I had composed the overture - the rest was merely writing it down". It was first performed on 16th March 1904, on the third day of an "Elgar Festival" at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and conducted by Elgar himself. The work is 20 minutes long, and contains a long viola solo, unusual in that the viola is a relatively under used solo instrument. The solo passage contrasts against the bold writing of the rest of the piece which uses long legato passages between the strings and French horns, with the rest of the brass adding loud chords to add to the excitement of the middle of the piece.
Our second piece is the world premiere of Geoffrey Poole’s newest work, commissioned by the orchestra for tonight’s concert. Until recently, Geoffrey Poole was Professor of Composition at Bristol University and his bold and independent work has been commissioned by string quartets, the Halle Orchestra, RLPO and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. His choral music has been broadcast by The King’s Singers, the Tavener Consort and includes a major concerto for voice, The Colour of My Song which was commissioned in 2006 by the BBC Singers. He writes of his work: "When my listeners tell me of something special they heard and seemed to recognise, even though it never existed before, that, and nothing else, is what validates the idea of art. If you have read this far, you are probably already possessed of an open heart, a lively mind and musical ears, so it only remains for me to welcome you to my music. It does not truly exist until it lives in the minds and emotions of the audience."
Our final work is Vaughan William’s Symphony No. 2 "A London Symphony". This piece was composed from 1912 to 1913 and dedicated to his friend and fellow composer George Butterworth, who was subsequently killed at the Somme during World War 1. Butterworth first encouraged Vaughan Williams to write an orchestral symphony: "We were talking together one day when he said in his gruff, abrupt manner: ‘You know, you ought to write a symphony’. I answered that I’d never written a symphony and never intended to....but from that moment the idea of a symphony dominated my mind." The original version went through many re-writes, and it is his 1936 version that he regarded as the definitive one. The piece starts and finishes with versions of the Westminster Chimes and includes impressions of a fog-laden Bloomsbury Square on a November afternoon, a street party, and scenes reminiscent of the all too familiar manic, traffic-heavy streets of the London we know today.
Date: Saturday 26 November, 2011
Venue: Victoria Rooms, Clifton, Bristol. Click here for a map
- Elgar - In the South
- Geoffrey Poole - Shumei, Shumei (*) - world premiere
- Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 2 "A London Symphony"
Conductor: James Lowe
Leader: Mark Bunker
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The ticket prices are:
- £15 (£13 concessions) balcony
- £11 adults (£9 concessions) stalls
- £5 students
- £2 children/school parties
James will be presenting a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm. This is open to all and entry is free.
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