SUNDAY 4 October 2020 3PM


Symphony No 1 in D major
(‘Classical’), Op. 25

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Suite No 3 in G, Op. 55

Joo Yeon Sir: Violin
Roderick Dunk: Conductor

We start our 2020-2021 season with a Slavic-themed programme, opening with Sergei Prokofiev’s First Symphony, popularly known as his ‘Classical’. Written in 1917 but modelled on the lines of a late 18th century symphony it is a tuneful work, full of Haydn-esque elegance and wit, but with unmistakeable 20th century touches.

Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto is perhaps less well known than that of his contemporary Brahms but it deserves to be heard more often. Written for the famous soloist Joseph Joachim it is a lyrical and powerful work, perhaps owing something of a debt to Brahms. The Suite No 3 in G by Tchaikovsky is a relative rarity in the concert hall, at least in comparison with his symphonies. It is a fairly early yet substantial piece, cleverly constructed, and ending with a magnificent set of variations on a Russian tune.


Described by Strad Magazine as ‘exuberant, seductive…with bravura and oodles of personality’ Korean-born British violinist.

Joo Yeon Sir is winner of the prestigious Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award, in association with Classic FM. Among her many UK appearances, she recently made her debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

She has released two discs to huge critical acclaim, both on the Rubicon label: Suites & Fantasies (‘a dazzling debut’ The Guardian)
and Chaconnes, Divertimento & Rhapsodies (‘lovely playing’ BBC Radio 3)

.Joo Yeon plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin provided by Georg von Opel.