SUNDAY 11 April 2021 3PM

Serenade for Wind in Eb major, Op. 7

Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48

Symphony No 1 in B flat minor

Roderick Dunk: Conductor

The wind and string sections of the orchestra each have a chance to perform separately in this concert. As a composer Richard Strauss was a child prodigy and extremely prolific.

He was just seventeen when he wrote his Serenade in E flat major for thirteen wind instruments – a lyrical and tuneful work whose melodies anticipate some of the great moments in his later operas.

Tchaikovsky’s stirring Serenade for Strings is one of the best known pieces for string orchestra – it is a substantial work demonstrating the enormous expressive range of the string ensemble. William Walton’s First Symphony is one of the great British symphonies of the 20th century.

Completed in 1935 at a time of great emotional turmoil in the composer’s life it is by turns agitated, aggressively violent, lyrically passionate, and uplifting – the triumphant feel to the last movement is
reminiscent of the ceremonial music he wrote for his famous Coronation Marches.

Roderick Dunk

Roderick Dunk is the RTWSO Music Director and one of Britain’s most versatile conductors, with a repertoire encompassing a diverse range of musical genres. He has conducted numerous British orchestras including the BBC CO, Hallé, CBSO, RLPO, RPO, LSO, BBC SSO, RSNO, RN Sinfonia, Northern Ballet and the Orchestra of Opera North.

Abroad he has conducted orchestras in Ireland, Norway, Finland, Germany and Italy and as far afield as Bangkok and Hong Kong. For 25 years, he was a frequent guest conductor for the BBC’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ and during that time conducted around 200 broadcasts.

Roderick is also a prolific arranger and his scores are now performed by orchestras all over the world.