Saturday 8th October & Saturday 15th October 2016

Concert Details

Date: Saturday 8th October, 2016
Time: 7.30pm

Venue: St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol BS1 6RA. Click here for a map.

Programme to feature:

  • Gjeilo - The Sunrise Mass
  • A wide range of choral music, including many of the Harlequin Singers' favourite pieces from the past 25 years.

With The Harlequin Singers, as part of their 25th Anniversary Concert.

Tickets:

Tickets can be obtained online via The Harlequin Singers website here

The ticket prices are:

  • £10 Adults
  • £8 Concessions
  • £3 Under 18s

Saturday 15th October 2016

Tonight's concert starts with Reger's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart. Johann Baptiste Maximilian Reger was born in Bavaria, southern Germany in 1873. A prolific musician from an early age, he was able to write down his compositions straight from his head without making any notes or drafts first. He saw himself as following in the traditions of Mozart, Bach, Brahms and Beethoven and particularly tried to emulate Brahms' techniques of development and modulation. The Theme of Mozart is taken from the first movement of his piano sonata in A. Mozart's theme is constructed using two phrases, the first 8 bars long, and the second 10 bars in length. With the exception of variations 5 and 8, Reger follows this pattern, providing rich orchestration and complexity throughout.

Our second piece tonight is Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. This was Mozart's final orchestral work and he died barely two months after it was completed. It was written in celebration of an instrument that Mozart loved and promoted and dedicated to the genius of the virtuoso clarinetist, Anton Stadler who inspired Mozart to promote the instrument as more than just one part of an orchestra. During Mozart's time, the clarinet was still a relatively new instrument and Stadler was known to experiment with extending the instrument's range into lower registers and challenging himself with more and more complex music. Mozart gave Stadler the concerto on October 10th 1791, and he performed it for the first time just six days later in Prague. The original score was lost, so the concerto we hear today is a version edited by Mozart's publisher which includes an orchestra of strings, flutes and 2 horns. Perhaps the most famous of the movements is the second movement, the Adagio during which the clarinet spins a story of loneliness and loss, but with a sublime beauty suggesting a profound expression of the transitory nature of life. A reviewer wrote "Never should I have thought that a clarinet could be so capable of imitating a human voice so closely..."

We are delighted to welcome tonight's soloist Mandy Burvill. Mandy studied at Trinity College of Music and subsequently spent 10 years as 2nd and E flat clarinet in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently pursuing a varied freelance career, working regularly as guest principal with orchestras including the RLPO, Manchester Camerata and Northern Ballet. She is heavily involved in outreach work, leading sessions with adults and elderly people with mental health problems, as well as children who she aims to empower through music. Mandy was the winner of the Britten-Pears Concerto Competition and performed the concerto at the opening of the Snape Proms.

Our final work is Symphony No. 4 by Brahms. When Brahms appeared for the last time in public in Vienna on 7th March 1897, already suffering from cancer, he was given a standing ovation after each movement of this, his last symphony. Brahms delivered his farewell in a symphony of enormous power, passion and nobility and in a review of the premiere (in 1884) Hanslick said that "it is like a dark well; the longer we look into it, the more brightly the stars shine back". The first movement opens with a simple first subject covering all the notes in the diatonic scale before the second subject, more masculine and strong is introduced by the cellos and horns. The development, then coda finish the movement in majestic style. The beautiful slow movement opens with the horns, but it's the cellos that steal the spotlight, with one of the most beautiful and expressive tunes that Brahms ever wrote. The extrovert and lively third movement follows, before a mighty finale. This consists of thirty variations of an 8-note theme taken from the last chorus of Bach's church cantata number 150. These thirty variations are one of the wonders of musical architecture, and a fitting end to this colossal symphony.

Concert Details

Date: Saturday 15th October, 2016
Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Wills Memorial Buildling, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RJ. Click here for a map.

  • Reger - Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart
  • Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
  • Brahms - Symphony No 4

Clarinet: Mandy Burvill
Conductor: Jonathan Lo
Leader: Mark Bunker

Tickets:

Tickets are available online here
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Tickets will also be available on the door (CASH ONLY).

The ticket prices are:

  • £11 adults (£9 concessions)
  • £5 students
  • £2 children/school parties

Pre-concert talk:
Musical Director Jonathan Lo will be presenting a free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm.

Saturday 8 October, 2016 - St Mary Redcliffe

Programme to include:

  • Gjeilo - The Sunrise Mass

With The Harlequin Singers, as part of their 25th Anniversary Concert.

Saturday 15 October, 2016 - Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building

  • Reger - Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart
  • Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
  • Brahms - Symphony No 4

Clarinet: Mandy Burvill
Conductor: Jonathan Lo

Saturday 19 November, 2016 - Victoria Rooms

Family Concert:

  • John Williams - Star Wars
  • Holst - Planets Suite
  • Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Conductor: Jonathan Lo

Saturday 18 March, 2017 - Victoria Rooms

Programme to include:

  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No 6

Saturday 20 May, 2017 - Clifton Cathedral

Programme to be confirmed

Saturday 14 October, 2017 - Victoria Rooms

Programme to include:

  • Walton - Cello Concerto

Saturday 18 November, 2017 - Victoria Rooms

Family Concert for all ages!


Musical Director
Jonathan Lo

Leader
Mark Bunker

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