Classical, Romantic and Orchestral

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A concert program of full-length orchestral works (including symphonies, concertos and non-operatic choral/vocal items) selected from several centuries of the world’s fine music.



20th May

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  • Quilter: A Children's Overture, Op.17. Czechoslovak RSO/Adrian Leaper.
  • Part: Our Garden: Our school has quite a garden; Flowerbed time. Ellerhein Girls' Choir, Estonian National SO/Paavo Jarvi
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV1049: 1st mvt.. Orch of the Antipodes/Anna McDonald.
  • Mozart F X: Piano Concerto No.2 in E flat, Op.25: 3rd mvt. Sebastian Knauer, pno., Netherlands CO/Philippe Entremont.
  • Rachmaninov: Vocalise. Anna Moffo, sop, American SO/Leopold Stokowski
  • Carr-Boyd: Fandango. Sydney Mandolins/Adrian Hooper.
  • Simonds: Kanga Rag. Deborah de Graaff, cl, Tonya Lemoh, pno.
  • Keane: Kangaroo (Reincarnation Song). Fascinating Aida.
  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B flat, Op.18/6: 1st mvt. Goldner String Quartet.
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61, Incidental music: Nocturne, Finale. Rebecca Evans, sop., Paris Orchl Ensemble, Le Jeune Choeur de Paris, Oxford & Cambridge Shakespeare Company/John Nelson.
  • Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music. Soloists, London PO/Sir Adrian Boult.
  • Sullivan (arr. Mackerras): Pineapple Poll Suite: Excerpts. London PO/Sir Charles Mackerras.

  • 13th May

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  • Wagner R: Tannhauser, Overture. Royal PO/Vernon Handley.
  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op.47. Frank Peter Zimmermann, vln., Philharmonia Orch/Mariss Jansons.
  • Palmer: Toccata for double string orchestra. Cove CO/Stephen Williams.
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op.98. Philharmonia Orch/Otto Klemperer.

  • 6th May

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  • Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K.297b. Stephen Taylor, oboe, David Singer, cl., William Purvis, horn, Steven Dibner, bsn., Orpheus CO.
  • Beethoven: Opferlied, Op.121b. Lorna Haywood, sop., London SO, Ambrosian Singers/Michael Tilson-Thomas.
  • Beethoven: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op.112. London SO, Ambrosian Singers/Michael Tilson-Thomas.
  • Schubert: Symphony No.9 in C, D944 - Great. RCO/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

  • 29th April

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  • Purcell: Ode for St. Cecilia's Day - Welcome to All the Pleasures. Stour Music Festival CO, Deller Consort/Alfred Deller.
  • Purcell: Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday, 1692, Z.331. Stour Music Festival CO, Deller Consort/Alfred Deller.
  • Purcell: Indian Queen. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Martyn Hill, ten., David Thomas, bass, John Elwes, ten., Rosemary Hardy, sop., Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

  • 22nd April

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  • Walton: Variations on a theme by Hindemith. Bournemouth SO/Vernon Handley.
  • Bridge: Day after Day; Speak to me, my love.. Sarah Connollly, m-s;BBC National Orch of Wales./Richard Hickox
  • Ireland: Legend for piano and orchestra. Eric Parkin, pno., London PO/Bryden Thomson.
  • Ireland: Holy Boy. Julian Lloyd Webber, vlc., Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner.
  • Vaughan Williams" Job, a Masque for Dancing. London SO/Sir Adrian Boult

  • 15th April

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  • Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C, Op.56. David Oistrakh, vln., Sviatoslav Knushevitzky, vlc., Lev Oborin, pno., Philharmonia Orch/Sir Malcolm Sargent.
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 83 in G minor, Hob.I:83, 'The Hen'. Tafelmusik/Bruno Weil.
  • Schubert: Mass No.5 in A flat, D678. Christopher Keyte, bass, Wynford Evans, ten., Wendy Eathorne, sop., Bernadette Greevy, contr., Academy of St Martin in the Fields, St John's College Choir, Cambridge/George Guest.

  • 8th April

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  • Schubert (arr. Davidson): Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D.821. Patricia Pollett, vla., Queensland PO/Werner Andreas Albert.
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op.90. Scottish CO/Sir Charles Mackerras.
  • Beethoven: Mass in C, Op.86. Tom Krause, bar., Susan Dunn, sop., Margarita Zimmermann, m-sop., Bruno Beccaria, ten., Berlin RSO, RIAS Chamber Choir/Riccardo Chailly.

  • 1st April

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  • Bach JC: Symphony in E flat, Op.9/2. Camerata Budapest/Hanspeter Gmur.
  • Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV1052. Jean Louis Steuerman, pno., CO of Europe/James Judd.
  • Bach CPE: Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, Wq240. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Barbara Schlick, sop., Christoph Pregardien, ten., Das Kleine Konzert, Rhenish Church Choir/Hermann Max.
  • Bach CPE: Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, Wq240. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Barbara Schlick, sop., Christoph Pregardien, ten., Das Kleine Konzert, Rhenish Church Choir/Hermann Max.

  • 25th March

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  • Weiner: Divertimento No2 for string orchestra, Op.20. Pittsburgh SO/Fritz Reiner.
  • Kodaly: Variations on a Hungarian Folksong (The Peacock). Atlanta SO/Yoel Levi.
  • Dohnanyi: Variations on a Nursery Song, Op.25. Ernst von Dohnanyi, pno., London SO/Lawrance Collingwood.
  • Bartok: Divertimento, Sz.113. Chicago SO/Sir Georg Solti.
  • Bartok: Cantata Profana, Sz.94. Alexandru Agache, bar., Tamas Daroczy, ten., Hungarian Radio & Television Chorus, Budapest Festival Orch, Schola Cantorum Budapest/Sir Georg Solti.