Past concerts

  • 2 December 2016

    Kodály Dances of Galanta
    Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb major, Op.107
    Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43
    Friday 2 December 2016, 7:30pm
    St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL

    Holly Mathieson, conductor
    Tim Walden, cello

    Tickets: £17, £15, £10 (concessions £3 off)

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    Kodály put Hungarian folk music at the centre of his music. The beguiling Dances of Galánta are essentially skillful arrangements of music of the sort that he may have first encountered as a child in the Hungarian town of Galánta (today in Slovakia), on the railway line – his father was the local station-master – from Budapest to Vienna.

    After Stalin’s death, in 1953, the Soviet government stopped bullying artists. But even though Shostakovich was free from harassment in 1959, his first Cello Concerto is a work that feeds on his grim memories of the Stalinist regime, harbouring bitterness and melancholy beneath its surface.

    We conclude this evening’s concert on a happier note with a performance of Sibelius’s Symphony No, 2, its warm melodies inspired by his visit to Florence and Rapallo, Italy.

  • 7 October 2016

    Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 3, “A Pastoral Symphony”
    Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
    Elgar Cockaigne (in London Town), Op. 40
    Friday 7 October 2016, 7:30pm
    St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL

    Adrian Brown, conductor
    Daniel Benn, cello

     

     

    Tickets: £17, £15, £10 (concessions £3 off)

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    Our concert this evening brings together Elgar and Vaughan Williams’ compositions that were developed through their personal experiences and reflections of the First World War.

    During the summer of 1919, Elgar began working on his cello concerto - its now famous elegiac opening theme representing Elgar's lament for all that this terrible war had cost.

    Vaughan Williams volunteered as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, served in France, survived the Somme and witnessed a daily toll of casualties, many of them close friends. The word “pastoral” disguises his true intentions for this third symphony, which confronts the horrors of the First World War that he experienced firsthand.

    We are pleased to welcome back our conductor this evening, Adrian Brown, a pupil of one of Elgar's finest interpreters and conductor of the very first performance of this evening’s symphony, Sir Adrian Boult.

  • 21 June 2016

    Schubert Symphony No. 5 in Bb major, D. 485
    Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219
    Adrian Sutton A Fistful of Fives (Première performance)
    Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
    Tuesday 21 June 2016, 7:30pm

    St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

    Michael Seal, conductor

    Callum Smart, violin

     

     


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    Michael Seal also conducts our final concert of the season, in which we pay a first visit to the beautiful and famously musical church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Following a slightly cheeky programming decision, the orchestra plays a series of “fifths” - Schubert's charming 5th symphony, Mozart's wonderfully witty 5th violin concerto with exciting young violinist Callum Smart, and Beethoven's epoch-making 5th symphony. In the midst of the “fifths” comes a new commission from Adrian Sutton, composer of the music for the National Theatre production of “War Horse”.

  • 21 May 2016

    Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G major
    Saturday 21 May 2016, 7:00pm

    St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL

    Michael Seal, conductor

    Susan Young, soprano

     

     

    Tickets: £17, £15, £10 (concessions £3 off)

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    In May we welcome back Michael Seal, who will conduct a programme of music from around the turn of the twentieth century. We begin with Debussy's remarkable Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; we then accompany soprano Susan Young in songs from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” by Mahler. The “Wunderhorn” theme ends the concert as we play Mahler's delicate and affecting Fourth Symphony, which draws on these songs for much of its inspiration.

  • 17 March 2016

    Elgar Serenade for Strings
    Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
    Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in Eb major 'Eroica', Op.55
    Thursday 17 March 2016, 7:30pm

    St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL

    Adrian Brown, conductor

    Alexander Soares, piano

     

     

    Tickets: £17, £15, £10 (concessions £3 off)

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    Adrian Brown returns to conduct the CCO in March, in a programme of firm favourites. Elgar's elegiac Serenade for Strings is followed by Schumann's highly melodious and original Piano Concerto, performed by Alexander Soares, winner of the Royal Over-Seas League competition Gold Medal in 2015. The concert ends with Beethoven's revolutionary Third Symphony, one of the greatest landmarks in the history of orchestral music.

  • 1 February 2016

    Shostakovich Festive Overture in A major, Op. 96
    Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
    Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2
    Monday 1 February 2016, 7:30pm

    St John's, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

    Michael Seal, conductor

    Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, violin

     

    Our first concert in 2016 is not to be missed. We make our debut at St John's Smith Square with a spectacular programme under conductor Mike Seal. Brilliant German-Hungarian violinist Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay joins us in Bruch's ever popular first violin concerto. The programme begins with Shostakovich's sparkling Festive Overture and concludes with Rachmaninov's luscious Second Symphony.

     

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    Online: St John's Smith Square website
    Phone: 020 7222 1061