News: Season Starts For Lancashire Sinfonietta
Tuesday, 1st June 2004
The Lancashire Sinfonietta opens its ninth season of concerts with a tribute to one of the orchestra's founders, Christopher Brooks, who died earlier this year.
Christopher Brooks helped launch the orchestra in 1996 and was instrumental in shaping the orchestra's musical and educational mission. His death has saddened a generation of Lancashire musicians who were affected by his passion for music and his boundless enthusiasm and encouragement.
The Lancashire Sinfonietta's tribute concert will take place in Christopher Brooks' home town of Fleetwood. One of the orchestra's most popular guest directors, Andrew Watkinson, will lead the concert and give a performance of the magnificent Bruch Violin Concerto.
The Sinfonietta's Education Programme runs throughout the concert season and students from two Fleetwood primary schools are currently working on a special project entitled "Making Waves". The project is based on themes from the award-winning BBC documentary series, "The Blue Planet" with original musical material composed for percussion by RNCM composer, Anwen Lewis.
Students from Chaucer Community School and St.Mary's School, Fleetwood, have been working with Sinfonietta percussionist Andrea Vogler in preparation for the performance of this unique concerto and some 300 students will be involved in the final performance.
Concert audiences will enjoy highlights from the project at the orchestra's concert on Friday 18th June and the students will stay for the concert as special guests of the Lancashire Sinfonietta.
The programme features classic works by Beethoven, Haydn and Bruch, and the highlight of the evening will be a performance of Bruch's much loved Violin Concerto.
Dates and Places
18th June 2004, 7.30pm - Fleetwood, Marine Hall
19th June 2004, 7.30pm - Preston, Minster Church
Haydn - Symphony No.44 in E minor "Trauer"
Bruch - Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26
(Andrew Watkinson - Violin)
Beethoven - Symphony No.8 in F major, Op.93
Haydn's Symphony No.44 is typical of his Sturm und Drang (Storm and stress) period and was nicknamed "Trauer" (Mourning) because Haydn had chosen the slow movement to be played at his funeral.
This superb symphony is followed by one of the jewels in the violin repertoire, Bruch's 1st Violin Concerto. The concerto opens in dramatic fashion, gripping the listener instantly. The tense and expectant first movement moves into rhapsodies of ecstasy in the gorgeous song-like slow movement, finally hurling us into the bombastic finale. Director, Andrew Watkinson gives a compelling performance of atmospheric lyricism and virtuosity.
The concert ends with Beethoven's 8th Symphony, a work which has the concentrated strength of his late works, yet still far removed from the orchestral excesses of the very final works such as the 9th Symphony. The programme offers a chance to hear these great works together and should not be missed.
6:45 pm - Education project (Free to ticket holders)
£7.50 (£4.50 concession)
For further information please contact: Stephen Axon on 01772 533194