Once again, I take great pleasure in welcoming you to another exciting season of Sunday afternoon concerts in our 2017/18 season. We have been extremely fortunate with availability of artists this season, which has resulted in a very exciting line-up of soloists. Leading UK Mezzo Soprano Sarah Connolly opens our season with Elgar’s beautiful ‘Sea Pictures’, a work she has recorded twice for CD, with both the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Two wonderful Cellists, Steven Isserlis and Laura van der Heijden bring us Saint Säens and Walton concertos and pianists Steven Hough and Martin James Bartlett will play Beethoven and Prokofiev. December 2017 sees the welcome return of Violinist Alexandra Wood, who’s collaborations with the orchestra over the years have always brought a freshness, vitality and thoughtful musicality which captivates audience and orchestra alike. Alexandra will be performing the great Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, one of the most exciting and lyrical concertos in the repertoire.
We are delighted to be seeing guest conductor, and long-standing friend to the orchestra, Barry Wordsworth again in March 2018 in a programme that includes the ever popular Symphony No5 by Sibelius and in November 2017 guest conductor Mark Shanahan returns with a programme that includes Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, with the most instantly recognisable opening bars of any symphony ever composed.
Other highlights of the season include the emotionally powerful 5th Symphony of Shostakovich in February 2017 and to close our season in April 2017 the orchestra augment to the huge forces required for mighty tone poem ‘Ein Heldenleben’ by Richard Strauss. A thrilling end to an exciting season.
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