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Christmas Concert 2009
Saturday 12 December 2009
4.30pm – 6.00pm
St Mary's Church, Banbury.
A Family Christmas Festival of Music
in association with The Rotary Club of Banbury.
A Programme of Seasonal Music and Christmas Carols.
- Carols: A Selection from David Willcocks Arrangements of : God Rest You Merry, O Come All Ye Faithful, Unto Us A Son is Born, The First Nowell, Hark The Herald Angels.
- Elegy, for Charles Harrison. The first performance of a new work in honour of Orchestra member and friend Charles Harrison. Composed by Nick Planas.
- Polovetsian Dances, from 'Prince Igor' - Alexander Borodin, arranged by Borodoin and Rimsky Korsakoff.
- Night on Bare Mountain - Fantasy - Modest Mussorgsky, Orchestrated and arranged by Rimsky Korsakoff.
- Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson
- Christmas Festival Overture - Leroy Anderson
- Skaters Waltz - Emil Waldteufel, Arranged by Alfred Pfortner.
- 'Roses from the South', Waltz - Johann Strauss, Op. 388
- 'Rudolf the Rednose Reindeer' - Composed by Jonny Marks, arranged for Orchestra by Nicholas Hare.
Christmas Concert Tickets
£5 adults, £2 children. available on the door or at One Man Band, Banbury
Tel. 01295 266788
Pictures from the Concert:
Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3, Picture 4, Picture 5 Picture 6.
Sir David Valentine Willcocks CBE MC (born 30 December 1919) is a British choral conductor, organist, and composer.
He is particularly known for his widely-used choral arrangements of Christmas carols, most of which were originally written for the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's or the Bach Choir's Christmas concerts. They are published in the five Carols for Choirs anthologies (1961–1987), edited by Willcocks with Reginald Jacques and John Rutter. He is currently Music Director Emeritus of King's College Choir, and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.
to the memory of Charles Harrison
Charles Harrison played the horn with the orchestra for many years, and I had several pleasant chats with him over this time. This piece is intended simply as an Elegy to Charles’ memory, and is not an attempt to describe his life or character. There are, however, a few features which pay direct homage to him, one being the number of bars (67) which corresponds to the years of his life, and also the fact that the horn section plays the main theme of the work, often in a four part arrangement.
Every instrument has the opportunity to speak in the piece (to pay its own homage to Charles), so when the second theme appears at Bar 26 it is played firstly on the flutes, then oboes, then after a few bars, by the trumpets, then bassoons, then clarinets, then strings and tuned percussion. The vibraphone is also a significant factor in this music; this is an instrument which is a recent addition to the modern day symphony orchestra. There is also a ‘soundswirl’ in bars 31 and 32, where a note is (if the church’s acoustics allow it) heard to swirl around the orchestra in a sort of ‘Mexican wave’.
The later part of the Elegy is somewhat dark in mood, however this is suddenly interrupted by a sequence of grand fortissimo chords played by the whole orchestra, and as these die away we briefly hear the original Elegy theme revisited on the horns. As the music dies away we are left once again with the horns holding a final, briefly swelling major chord.
BSO Autumn Concert
Saturday 21 November 2009, 7.30pm
St Mary's Church, Banbury
- Elgar Overture In the South
- Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber
- Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
You are warmly invited to join us for this exciting concert of 20th century symphonic works.
The Elgar was written in the period 1903 - 1904 and both the Hindemith and Bartok in the very different days of the early to mid 1940's.
Programme notes and images are added below:
Music To Dance To!
Saturday 11 July 2009, 6.30pm
St Mary's Church, Banbury
Come and join us for a memorable evening of wonderful dance music!
Planas - Jehanne D'Arc Suite No 1
Dvorak - Slavonic Dance No 8 op 46
Strauss - Blue Danube Waltz & Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Prokofiev -Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 2
Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Ballet Suite
Offenbach -Orpheus in the Underworld overture
Bernstein -Symphonic Dance Suite
Saturday 7 March 2009, 7.30pm
Brahms, Mozart & Dvorak
St Mary’s Church, Banbury
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Johannes Brahms's Academic Festival Overture Op. 80 was one of a pair of contrasting concert overtures — the other being the Tragic Overture, Op. 81. Brahms composed the Academic Festival Overture during the summer of 1880 as a musical "thank you" to the University of Breslau, which had awarded him an honorary doctorate the previous year. The work sparkles with some of the finest virtues of Brahms's orchestral technique, sometimes applied for comic effect. Brahms manages to evoke ravishing euphoria without sacrificing his commitment to classical balance.
Mozart Oboe concerto with soloist Estevan Ellul
One of the most important concertos for the distinctive voice of the oboe, Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C major is scored for solo oboe with an orchestra of two oboes, two horns, and strings. The orchestration is light and transparent, highlighting the soloist and giving the numerous recurrent rhythmic figures great presence.
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 Popularly known as the New World Symphony, this wonderful and very well known symphony was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 during his visit to the United States from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most well known work, and one of the most popular in the modern repertory.