Tickets £5 – £15. Group rates are available (for 10+) by calling our ticket secretary – Chris on 07811 341 484
Join us for our family friendly concert of the year!
and there’s more!
Conductor Robert Guy
Compere Thom Meredith
It’s our firm belief that classical music is something for everyone to enjoy and to join in and this concert aims to make that happen. The programme is based on the BBC Ten Pieces concept and selections, and will give every member of the audience a chance to be part of the music-making. So tune up your voices to join the ranks of the toreadors as they march into the arena, get your feet into shape to dance the hornpipe, and prepare to take part in the percussion section for an audience participatory rendition of Mars.
Grieg composed the incidental music for Peer Gynt specially for a new production in February 1876 , when the author Henrik Ibsen adapted his verse play and realised that it would need music to suit the local audience in Christiana (now Oslo). This new production was a great success, cut short when a fire destroyed both the set and costumes. The music survives and has remained a great favourite. In the Hall of the Mountain King starts spookily and slowly builds up into a great, wild climax.
To its first audience in September 1918, the opening movement of Holst’s Suite – The Planets made them think of the battles of the Somme and Paschendale, yet Holst had completed this picture prior to August 1914. No doubt the tag line – the Bringer of War – helped conjure up that particular image for the audience. Holst himself said there was no programme for the suite, although he was known to be interested in astrology.
For sheer fun, nothing beats a good hornpipe!