Piano Concerto No. 5 'The Egyptian'
Set your horizons to the East with our exploration of the exotic. Rimsky’Korsakov’s deservedly popular Scheherazade is a fantasy of oriental narratives based upon the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor as recounted by Scheherazade in “One Thousand and One Nights”. With its dazzling orchestration, seductive melodies and lush harmonies, it brilliantly transports us into distant lands and oceans. Saint-Saens was another child-prodigy whose legendary skills at the piano can be brilliantly seen in his five piano concertos. The Fifth was inspired by a cruise on the River Nile and includes Nubian folk songs and the throbbing sounds of the steamer’s engines. It is believed Saint-Saens wrote some of the themes onto his napkin while onboard. The concert opens with Dvorak’s exuberant concert overture Carnival – one of his greatest creations and a brilliant orchestral showcase.
Yi-Yang Chen won the 4th Sussex International Piano Competition with a superb performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto winning also the Audience and Orchestra prizes.
""Yi-Yang showed an impressive breadth of emotional investment and natural affinity for the music he played. "
Dr Robin Page - 2011 Pacific International Piano Competition
Sir Charles Hubert Parry
Sir Edward Elgar
Sir Edward Elgar
Elegy for strings
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
Symphony No. 6 in E flat major 'In honour of G.F. Watts'
A Walkt to the Paradise Garden
Piano Concerto in A minor
A concert full of optimism tinged with nostalgia and memories. Stanford’s Sixth Symphony is unquestionably one of his finest works – a profound work full of beautiful melodies and sumptuous orchestration that was composed in tribute to the great Victorian artist and sculptor G.F. Watts. The first movement is inspired by his famous statue in Hyde Park “Physical Energy” whilst his paintings “Love & Life” and “Love & Death” are core inspirations for the whole symphony. The work, premiered by the LSO in 1907 to great acclaim, was never printed and the manuscript lay neglected for almost a century until the work was recorded by the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of Vernon Handley.
When Edvard Grieg came to give his first concerts in London, he had the world at his feet. As the first composer to transmute the sights and sounds of his own spectacular country into music, he was held to be both prophet and pioneer, and English writers described him as the most popular of all living composers, commenting, when he returned to London the following year, on the ‘Grieg fever’ that raged in the capital.
Between 1862 and 1906 Grieg spent some six months of his life in this country, for most of the time engaged in giving concerts of his own music as conductor, solo pianist and accompanist. Celebrated by his fellow musicians – among them Delius, Parry, Henry Wood and Grainger – Grieg was befriended by royalty, heaped with honours that included doctoral degrees from Cambridge and Oxford, pleaded in high quarters the cause of Norwegian independence, and found new friends who effected a profound change in his religious outlook. His Piano Concerto is one of his most popular works and features the hugely popular first winner of the Sussex International Piano Competition, Arta Arnicane.
"“Her totally secure, innate authority is matched by her deeply considered and often profound approach during her performances, far removed from much of the more shallow and superficial playing that abounds nowadays. She totally lacks any form of affectation and has an innate but rarely found sense of structure. Needless to say, these qualities are matched by a formidable technique.”"
Harold in Italy
Clair de Lune
L'Arleisenne Suite No. 1
Lord Byron’s writings had a huge effect upon European artists and composers. Berlioz, who died 150 years ago in March 1869, responded to Byron’s “Childe Harold” with one of his orchestral masterpieces – Harold in Italy with its virtuosic solo viola part. Sarah-Jane Bradley has performed and recorded a large number of Viola Concertos for both the BBC and the Dutton-Epoch label: amongst the latter is a recording of the Arthur Benjamin Viola Concerto with the RSNO conducted by John Gibbons. She has also recorded William Alwyn’s Pastoral Fantasia on the Naxos Label – a beautiful pastoral work that can rank alongside The Lark Ascending and “On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring” for its delicate evocation of the English countryside. Southern France is the setting for Alphonse Daudet’s play L’Arlésienne which opened in 1872 with incidental music by Bizet, a composer most known for the opera Carmen. The hugely popular suites totally eclipsed the original play and movements are regularly played in classical radio stations. The concert opens with the spectacular Joyeuse Marche by Chabrier and includes the delicate favourite Clair de Lune by Debussy.
""Exceptional … Bradley is an adventurous artist … every whisper of the bow was loaded with insight and intelligence… Is there a better British Violist than Sarah-Jane Bradley?" "
Heroes of Telemark - Suite
Symphony No. 5 in E minor
A special celebration concert to mark John Gibbons’s 21st season as Music Director of Worthing Symphony Orchestra includes his own realization of Malcolm Arnold’s famous film score to the WWII film “Heroes of Telemark”. The original score and parts were lost, so in 2017, John recreated them from listening to the film soundtrack and premiered the concert suite with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Malcolm Arnold Festival. Early in his tenure WSO performed the complete Tchaikovsky symphonies so it is fitting to conclude this concert with Tchaikovsky’s most popular symphony with its gorgeous slow movement horn solo and uplifting conclusion.
Renowned for her “dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM), violinist Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. Born to British and Polish parents in 1989 she gained international attention in 2002, when aged 12 she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prizewinner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition. At 15 she made celebrated debuts at the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall, soon after becoming a BBC New Generation Artist, winner of the international London Music Masters Award and the only classical artist ever to win the South Bank Show/Times Breakthrough Award. Passionate about helping young people from all backgrounds enhance their lives through music, she is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and Patron of the City Music Foundation. In demand as soloist with top orchestras worldwide, she recently recorded the Sibelius with the Bergen Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis and the Mendelssohn with the CBSO on Chandos to great acclaim.
The Viennese child prodigy Eric Wolfgang Korngold was invited to Hollywood in 1934 by the actor Max Reinhardt. He soon became one of the most important film composers in Hollywood ever. He composed his Violin Concerto for Jascha Heifetz using lyrical themes from some of his film scores: Another Dawn, Juarez, Anthony Adverse and The Prince and the Pauper.
""molten intensity which will break your heart...get it now" "
Johann Strauss II
The Blue Danube Waltz
Gold and Silver Waltz
Johann Strauss II
Waltz - Roses from the South
Emil von Reznicek
Overture 'Donna Diana'
Johann Strauss II
Franz von Suppe
Overture 'Poet and Peasnat'
Johann Strauss II
Voices of Spring Waltz
Johann Strauss I
An afternoon to revel in the joyous delights of a Viennese New Year in the hands of the Waltz-King himself, Johann Strauss II,as well as other popular Viennese composers, Franz Lehár, Franz von Suppé and Viennese- born Emil von Reznicek whose popular overture “Donna Diana” opens the concert. Older listeners might recall its use on the BBC Children’s Hour by Stephen King-Hall. Suppé’s overture Poet & Peasant, originally composed for the operetta Dichter und Bauer achieved global popularity after featuring in the 1935 Popeye cartoon The Spinach Overture. Lehár’s sumptuous Gold & Silver Waltz, with its glistening harp figurations, stands on a par with all the concert’s famous Strauss waltzes: Roses from the South, the Beautiful Blue Danube, Voices of Spring and the Accelerations Waltz. Sparkle and fizz abound in the form of popular Polkas and marches including the Thunder & Lightning Polka, Trtsch-Tratsch Polka and Radetzky March.
"Where would I be without Johann Strauss's beautiful 'Blue Danube?' Without this piece of music I wouldn't be the man I am today. It's a tune that brings out the emotion in everyone and makes them want to waltz. "
Overture 'La Forza del Destino'
Rhapsody - A Shropshire Lad
Ode to a Nightingale
Otello - Desdemona's final scene
Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo & Juliet'
Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies inspired Tchaikovsky and Verdi to compose two of their most popular and astonishing works. Sensational Australian soprano Helena Dix returns to Worthing to sing Desdemona’s intensely moving closing scene at the end of Otello, whilst the orchestra brings us the heart-rending tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Helena also sings the beautiful setting of Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale” by Hamilton Harty, perhaps best known for his orchestral suites of music by Handel and John Field and his conductorship of the Hallé Orchestra. The concert also includes the poignant Rhapsody “A Shropshire Lad” inspired by A.E. Houseman’s poetry and composed by George Butterworth who was killed in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. The concert opens with Verdi’s hugely popular overture “The Force of Destiny” – known to millions as the ‘Stella Artois’ advert.
"“Dix is a tour de force. She has a voice that ranges from the delicate to the overwhelming, soft declamation alternating with coloratura fireworks, and excellent comic timing. If that’s not enough, Dix can really act. Her portrayal of the aging queen’s hopes, uncertainties, rage, and jealousy was riveting. Put simply, it was one of the most thrilling nights at the opera I have ever experienced – an opinion shared by many in the enthusiastic audience. If you haven’t heard of Melbourne born soprano Helena Dix yet – you will. This is the most exciting voice I have heard since Joan Sutherland” "
Paul Selar, Opera Chaser
Symphony No. 2 in A major
Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb major, k595
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
An opportunity to not only enjoy two performances of Mozart’s Piano Concertos but also to be part of a live recording. The Turkish pianist Idil Biret has enjoyed an extraordinary career. A pupil of Nadia Boulanger, Alfred Cortot and Wilhelm Kempff, she made her US debut, playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto on the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Her legendary association with the Naxos label (by 2004 they had sold over 2 million copies of her recordings) includes the Award-winning complete Chopin collection. She has already recorded two Mozart piano concertos in collaboration with John Gibbons and they now bring the recording team to Worthing for this unique occasion.
"the soloist at the SSO concert in the Sydney Opera House performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 K466 was Idil Biret, the Turkish pianist. Her playing was eminently musical, stylishly phrased, totally free of mannerisms or effects imposed from outside, firm yet emotionally attuned to a work with a deep vein of sadness"
Sydney Morning Herald
Concert Overture 'Froissart'
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor
In the Steppes of Central Asia
Symphony No. 4
International superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti returns to Worthing – this time with the deeply lyrical 2nd violin concerto by Serge Prokofiev, well-known for such works as Romeo & Juliet, Peter and the Wolf and his Classical Symphony. The 2nd Violin Concerto, in three movements, is full of beautiful melodies, especially the slow movement and an exhilarating finale that shows of the soloists dazzling technique. N.B. The concerto for this concert has been changed at the request of the soloist. The concert also includes Borodin’s mesmeric orchestral depiction In the Steppes of Central Asia, Elgar’s gloriously ebullient overture Froissart and the profoundly uplifting Fourth Symphony by British composer William Alwyn. This work, premiered by the Halle Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli in 1959, is a work packed full of energy, beautiful melody and romantic harmony that builds over the course of its length to a glorious climax, brilliantly orchestrated by a composer well-versed in the cinematic sound world.
" …it was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player."
Hilary Finch - The Times
Overture 'Ruslan und Ludmila'
Triple Concerto for Kosmos Ensemble
Symphony No. 9 in E minor 'From the New World'
The exciting young trio, Kosmos Ensemble, join WSO for the UK premiere of Errolyn Warren’s Triple Concerto. This work blends classical and world music exploiting the rich textures of the solo violin, viola and accordion. Concert also includes the sensational young saxophonist Jess Gillam playing Sacramouche by Darius Milbaud prior to her appearance at the BBC Last Night of the Proms. Worthing Symphony Orchestra opens the programme with Glinka’s dazzling overture “Ruslan und Ludmila” and round the concert off with Dvorak’s ever-popular Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”.
""..telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship. I defy you not to be mesmerised.”"
Richard Morrison - Chief music critic of The Times
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E mknor
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in Bb minor
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Results 1st prize : Yi-Yang Chen, 2nd Sofya Bugayan, 3rd Rhythmie Wong
Audience Prize: Yi-Yang Chen
Concerto finale to Piano Competition week. The three finalists play their chosen concerto with WSO. The three finalists are:
Rhythmie Wong – Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
Sofya Bugayan – Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor
Yi-Yang Chen – Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G
Our guesstimation is that the results of the Competition will be ready around 6pm
"We have created a competition with integrity at its core"
The 6 selected semi-finalists are:
13.00 Antonina Suhanova
14.05 Kenny Fu
15.10 Alon Petrillin
18.00 Sofya Bugayan
19.05 Yi-Yang Chen.
20.10 Rhythmie Wong
Tickets (£12) available on the door
"A wonderful week of piano playing"
Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
They flew alone
The Battle of Britain
Symphony No. 5
*A feast of upbeat music spanning 100 years of the RAF. The early years of flying are remembered in the comedy film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines and another Ron Goodwin score underpins the famous 1964 film 633 Squadron.
Walton’s memorable score the climactic air battle sequence in The Battle of Britain is justly famous as it the William Alwyn score – They flew alone which charts the life of Amy Johnson from her pioneering activities in the 1930s through to her death as an Air Transport Auxilary pilot in 1942.
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is etched in memories as ‘V for Victory’ and provides a dramatic climax to the celebration concert.
Dazzling young saxophonist Jess Gillam, who starred in the BBC Proms John Williams evening and at the Swansea BBC Last Night of the Proms, returns too play the Saxophone Concerto by legendary jazz saxophonist Barbara Thompson
"Jess gave a great show with her hot licks, lustrous tone and winning passion"
The Bartered Bride Overture
Symphony No. 2 in D major
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the 2016 BBC Young Musician, a title won with a stunning performance of the Cello Concerto no. 1 by Shostakovich at the Barbican Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In February 2017, Sheku performed Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for Cello and String Trio at the BAFTA Awards – an interpretation which brought the celebrity-filled audience to their feet and which has been shared and viewed by nearly two million people on social media. Along with his musical siblings, Sheku featured in a BBC Four documentary Young Gifted and Classical. He has an exclustive recording contract with Decca Classics and his first concerto recording for the label will be released in 2018.
The concert opens with Smetana’s brilliant overture to his opera The Bartered Bride, a sparkling work that dazzles with its virtuosity and infectious dance rhythms.
Brahms’s Second Symphony is one of the sublime romantic masterpieces of the 19th century. A work that glows with lyrical tunes, lush harmonies and rich orchestral sonorities.
" The soloist’s accuracy was remarkable. This was an exceptional performance – the standing ovation at the end was richly deserved."
Antony Hodgson - Classical Source
Essay No. 1
Penn of Pennsylvania - suite
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances
American music has a distinctive flair and exuberance that reflects the country’s desire to have a ‘New World’ feel to its culture. Leonard Bernstein was a brilliant ambassador for American music and his compositions fuse many elements into a popular and vivid style that found greatest acclaim in the hit show and film West Side Story. George Gershwin is one of the greatest song writers of the 20th century and wrote many hit shows for Broadway including Girl Crazy, Lady be Good and Crazy for You. His jazz inspired Rhapsody in Blue was a sensational success and was followed by the equally inspired Piano Concerto in F. Samuel Barber’s First Essay for Orchestra is a powerful early work very reminiscent of his famous Adagio for Strings with achingly beautiful melodic lines and searing harmonies. The 1941 film Penn of Pennsylvania follows the life of William Penn. The film was William Alwyn’s first feature film and the short suite is full of vibrant colourful music.
"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable."
Neu Jahrs Galopp
Johann Strauss II
Wine, Women and Song Waltz
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major
Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
Johann Strauss II
Thunder & Lightning Polka
Johann Strauss II
Vienna Woods Waltz
Johann Strauss II
Blue Danube Walt
Viennese favourites mixed with a sparkling piano concerto that sums up Mozart’s joyous mood in 1785 Vienna. Newly married and feted by the Viennese public after the premiere of his latest opera, Die Entfuhrung asu dem Serail, the Piano Concerto in E flat major, K482, is a confident ebullient work that sparkles in imperial brilliance and richness.
Other delights include Offenbach’s overture to Orpheus in the Underworld with its famous Can-Can, Joseph Lanner’s New year Galop and the once hugely popular Ciribirbin Waltz by Procida Bucalossi.
Soloist Varvara Tarasova won all the top awards at the 3rd Sussex International Piano Competition and her debut recording of Schumann and Brahms has just been released on the Champs Hill Label.
"She (Varvara Tarasova) played it (Piano Concerto n2) completely in the spirit of Chopin with perfect sound, touch and sensitivity"
Manuel de Falla
Ritual Fire Dance
Travel Royal Suite
Concierto di Aranjuez
Flight of the Bumble Bee
Symphony No. 2 'Little Russian'
The most popular guitar concerto of all time played by international superstar Craig Ogden, a regular soloist on Classic FM, who recently performed the Arnold concerto with John GIbbons and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
"This recording has confirmed your position among the greatest guitarists"
Cecilia Rodrigo - daughter of Joaquin Rodrigo
Overture 'La Scale di Seta'
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Symphony No. 4 'Italian'
Turkish pianist Idil Biret is widely respected as one of the greatest musicians of her generation. She studied in Paris with the legendary Alfred Cortot and her recordings of the complete works of Chopin have won many prestigious awards. She has recorded a selection of Mozart piano concertos, most recently with John Gibbons and the London Mozart Players.
"Biret's life in music is a remarkable one"
Tom Service BBC Radio 3
The Big Country
Violin Concerto No. 1
Film Score Suite - The Card
International superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti returns to Worthing to play Shostakovich’s magnificent 1st Violin Concerto. Concert opens with the exhilarating theme from the film “The Big Country” and reaches a thrilling climax with Saint-Saens’s Organ Symphony pairing the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ organ with WSO
"…it was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player."
Hilary Finch - The Times
Star Wars Suite
Morning Song - Maytime in Sussex
Escapades - "Catch me if you can"
A Sussex Overture
Overture Bishop's Rock
Join us for a concert full of verve and panache to bring our 90th Season to a close. Revel in the sonic splendour of John Williams’s Star Wars and his music for the film Catch me if you Can, with sensational young saxophonist Jess Gillam. Polish pisnist, Anna Szaluka, the third prize winner in the 2015 Sussex International Piano Competition and who has recently appeared on both Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and Radio 4’s’The World Tonight’ returns to play a beautiful work by Sir Arnold Bax composed at the White Hart in Storrington for the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, and the hugely popular wartime favourite The Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell.
Then, to finish, the sonic splendour of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with cannons, bells and large orchestra.
" “She has her place in the saxophone hall of fame already”"
John Harle - BBC Young Musician 2016
The History of Mr Polly
Handel in the Strand
Suite from 'Geordie'
Hoe Down (Rodeo)
Troika - Lt. Kije Suite
Great anticipation always surrounds the collaboration of WSO with the mighty Wurlitzer in the expert hands of Richard Hills. We celebrate the 90th anniversary with a new concerto for Wurlitzer and orchestra by Sussex composer Paul Lewis, known to millions for his film and TV music.
The concert is also a tribute to Keith Emerson – Worthing’s famous Rock son and who was due to collaborate with WSO before his untimely death.
Concert supported by the William Alwyn Foundation
" He played his own version of the famous jazz standard Tiger Rag with a series of well-known classical tunes interjected, including Land of Hope and Glory. The opening of Widor’s Organ Symphony no. 5 in F minor received a huge laugh and applause from the audience as he managed to work it in to the jazz standard."
Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres. Bachtrack.com
Symphony No. 35 in D major 'Haffner'
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Wedding Cake Valse Caprice
Symphony No. 2 in D major
Join us for a feast of uplifting music, guaranteed to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Beethoven’s exhilarating Second Symphony fizzes along with an energy matched by Mendelssohn’s dazzling first piano concerto. Saint-Saens’s delicious Wedding-Cake ‘Valse-Caprice’ is one to be savoured whilst the afternoon begins with Mozart’s spirited Haffner
"Ukrainian pianist Olga Paliy stunned her audience with a cross-boundary virtuoso item of Ginastera’s Argentinian Dances, showing the strength and stamina, as well as poetry and romantic insight"
Richard Amey - Worthing Herald
Overture 'Land of the Mountain and the Flood'
Violin Concerto in D
Symphony No. 9 'From the New World'
Nicola Benedetti returns to play Beethoven’s magisterial Violin Concerto. This is prefaced by the popular overture Land of the Mountain and the Flood by Hamish MacCunn which, with its distinctly Scottish flavour, was used for the 1970s BBC series Sutherland’s Law_. Dvorak’s magnificent Ninth Symphony "_From the New World", includes the memorable cor anglais solo that found popular fame as a Hovis advert
"t was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player."
Hilary Finch, The Times
J. Strauss II
Overture DIe Fledermaus
Song to the Moon (Rusalka)
J. Strauss II
J. Strauss II
Thunder and Ligtening Polka
J. Strauss II
Waltz - Fairy Tales from the Orient
J. Strauss II
Waltz - By the Beautiful Blue Danubve
Waltz - Vienna Blood
J. Strauss I
Join us a Bank Holiday treat of toe-tapping polkas, marches and waltzes from the masters of Viennese New Year celebrations, Traditional Johann Strauss favourites are woven between famous opera and operetta arias, a Suppe overture and some sparkling French novelties. Natasha Jouhl (who sang the lead role in Dovrak’s Rusalka for Glyndebourne Festival) sings Rusalka’s famous Song to the Moon
"Natasha Jouhl impressed in the title role, her clean, silvery tone cutting through the orchestral texture"
An Opera Reviewer
Nutcracker Suite (excerpts)
Violin Concerto No. 1
Symphony No. 2
International superstar violinist Tasmin Little, famed for her appearances as soloist at the Last Night of the Proms, and who has performed in all the world’s great concert halls, returns to Worthing to play Szymanowski’s richly romantic First Violin Concerto; a far more lyrical piece than his second concerto heard last season. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is a Christmas classic whilst Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony is one of the most popular romantic symphonies of all time.
"Besides the stellar quality of Little's playing (as ever warmly engaging and technically bombproof) "
Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music Magazine
Fanfare for the Common Man
The Banks of Green Willow
The Battle of the Somme
Have you seen the most watched film in British cinema history – even bigger than Star Wars?
The Battle of the Somme was watched by nearly half the population of Britain in Autumn 1916. Watch this incredible Imperial War Museum film on a special big screen with WSO playing Laura Rossi’s specially commissioned score in the centenary year of this tragic battle.
Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man with its sonorous brass fanfares is truly inspirational whilst Sibelius’s Finlandia stirs the soul powerfully. Elgar’s delicate Sospiri (‘sighs’) was composed in 1914 a year after George Butterworth had composed his beautiful The Banks of Green Willow. Butterworth was killed during the Battle of the Somme on 5th August 1916.
"“And these troops in the mud grinned or stared at us to a new music score by Laura Rossi, brilliantly effective, played with typical dexterity and polish.” "
Geoff Brown The Times *****
Night on a Bare Mountain
The Noon-Day Witch
Dance of the Swans (Swan Lake)
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Be dazzled, bewitched and enchanted by sumptuous orchestral music inspired by devilry, witchcraft and spells.
Night on a Bare Mountain, used by Disney in Fantasia, is one of the BBC’s Ten Pieces for schools and is justly famous for its vivid evocation of a witch’s Sabbath. Paganini was known as the Devil’s Violinist, and his 24th Caprice has spawned numerous variations, of which the most famous is Rachmaninoff’s hugely popular Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.
Soloist Dinara Klinton (second prize winner at the 3rd Sussex International Piano Competition) has won great critical acclaim for her new recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Studies, so great excitement surrounds her interpretation of Liszt’s virtuosic Totentanz.
According to legend, “death” appears at midnight every Halloween playing his violin to summon the dead to dance for him; an idea brilliantly portrayed in the famous Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns. The dancing swans in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake are subject to the sorcery of Von Rothbart, whilst the appearance of the Noon-Day Witch in Dvorak’s tone-poem does not augur well!
"“Dinara Klinton’s performance of Liszt’s Transcendental Études is astonishing. She is a real virtuoso, a born pianist, a very natural player.”"
Sir András Schiff
Ride of the Valkyries
Piano Concerto in G
Piano Concerto No. 1
Mussorsky orchestrated by Ravel
Pictures at an Exhibition
We close the season with Ravel’s spectacular orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. a truly epic orchestral experience for the whole family.
Arta Arnicane, the Latvian first winner of the Sussex International Piano Competition, returns to play two piano concertos: William Alwyn’s short and punchy First Piano Concerto and Ravel’s neo-classical masterpiece, the Piano Concerto in G. The concert opens with one of the most thrilling orchestral pieces ever written – Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries- a work that came to even greater prominence after its use “Apocalyse Now”.
"Her totally secure, innate authority is matched by her deeply considered and often profound approach during her performances, far removed from much of the more shallow and superficial playing that abounds nowadays. She totally lacks any form of affectation and has an innate but rarely found sense of structure. Needless to say, these qualities are matched by a formidable technique"
Variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky
Lyric Piece - Evening in the Mountains
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major 'Turkish'
Symphony No. 43 in E flat major 'Mercury'
String Serenade in E minor
Regular supporters of WSO will be thrilled to hear that young Russian violinist Boris Brovtsyn, winner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, returns to play Mozart’s most popular violin concerto. A delightful Haydn symphony contrasts with the more romantic feel of music by Grieg, Arensky and Dvorak’s ever popular String Serenade
"A high-octane performance"
Los Angeles Times
Symphony No. 4
Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra
Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise
Symphony No. 1 in Bb major 'Spring'
One of the world’s great pianists, Idil Biret, returns to Worthing to play two glorious works from the nineteenth century. Cesar Frank’s Symphonic Variations and then the music synonymous with Roman Polanski’s film “The Pianist” – Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise by Chopin.
We welcome spring with Schumann’s uplifting Spring Symphony whilst lovers of British music will be thrilled by the rare chance to hear Edmund Rubbra’s majestic Fourth Symphony.
"How can music this wonderful be so neglected? Its spiritual grandeur and glow catches me every time"
Toby Ridge - Manager of the Fish Factory, Worthing
Overture 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Intermezzo from 'Manon Lescaut'
A wonderful array of music from popular light works by Elgar and Mendelssohn through to powerfully emotional works by Puccini and Stravinsky. Radio 3 listeners and BBC Prom followers will be excited by the opportunity to hear Leonard Elschenbroich playing Walton’s gloriously romantic Cello Concerto – a work inspired by his love for Susana Walton and the spectacular garden she created on the island of Ischia. The concert opens with the exciting Overture O.D.T.A.A by British composer Doreen Carwithen, a pioneering female film composer.
"Elschenbroich's sound had a burnished glow and radiated authority"
Symphony No. 4
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Violin Concerto No. 2
Nicola Benedetti won BBC Young Musician playing Szymanowski’s beautiful 1st Violin Concerto. She reutrns to Worthing to play his romantic 2nd Violin Concerto. Concert also includes Tchaikovsky’s impassioned Fourth Symphony and Grieg’s popular ‘Peer Gynt Suite No. 1’ which includes two of his most famous pieces “Morning” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King”.
N.B. This concert is not part of the Sunday Afternoon Season and has its own ticket prices: £28 and £25.
"You have to prepare and study as much as possible but when it gets to the concert, you have to trust your instinct and allow yourself to be free. Without that individuality, why should anyone listen to you?"
Nicola Benedetti in Metro
Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Violin Concerto No. 2
J. Strauss II
Perpetuum Mobile, Op 257
J. Strauss II
Voices of Spring waltz, Op 410
J. Strauss II
Blue Danube Waltz
Young Polish violinist Kamila Bydlowska brings great passions and virtuosity to her playing and makes her WSO debut with the dazzling second concerto by Henruk Wieniawski, a Polish child prodigy who came to London in 1859 and fell in love with Isabella Hampton, niece of the composer George Onslow. The work is one of the great violin concertos of the 19th century and is full of joyful brilliance.
Traditional Viennese waltzes, Polkas and marches ensure it will be a full afternoon of joyful music
"outstanding young Polish violinist Kamila Bydlowska"
John Manning - Herts Advertiser
The Worthing Symphony Society resumes its imaginative series of interview concerts to accompany this season, starting with your chance to get close-up to the 2013 Sussex International Piano Competition winner Poom Prommachart as he returns to Worthing the week after the “Remembrance Day concert”.
In an intimate setting at the Denton Lounge, with the audience seated around the piano, this is a unique opportunity to learn more about this young musician’s life and work whilst being entertained with some beautiful piano works by Chopin, Grünfeld and Medtner.
After the interval, the audience has a chance to ask Poom questions.
Tickets: £10 adult, £8 WSS member, £7 student, £5 children
Box Office: 01903 206 206
"Poom Prommachart, we’ll certainly hear from him again. What a winner!"
Andrew Connal, Latest 7
A Shropshire Lad
Piano Concerto No. 3
Le Jardin suspendu
Voices of Remembrance
Poom Prommachart returns to play one of the great romantic piano concertos- written by Rakhmaninov after he was forced to leave his beloved Russia by the First World War and the Bolshevik revolution. Jehan Alain was one of France’s most promising young organists and composers, tragically killed whilst serving as a despatch rider in 1940. The concert opens with George Butterworth’s beautiful evocation of a rural idyll soon to be shattered by war.
Laura Rossi has composed a number of WWI scores including The Battle of the Somme. Voices of Remembrance is a powerful work based on the composer’s visits to the Somme Battlefields where her great uncle served as a stretcher bearer. Vanessa Redgrave narrates whilst WSO is joined by the exciting new group Worthing Chamber Choir and the Laura Rossi Singers.
You may also be interested to know that Poom Prommachart will return to Worthing on Thursday 12 November as guest and soloist at the first of this season’s WSS Interview Concerts.
"It was so beautiful. Whatever it was that the orchestra did to achieve this heightened level of emotion, they got it spot on. An absolutely remearkable performance"
The real Chrisparkle - WSO at Northampton October 2015
Rhapsody in Blue
Symphony No. 9 'New World'
More Malcolm Arnold with two extraordinary young artists – BBC Young Musician Martin James Bartlett and saxophonist Jess Gillam
"The highlight of the show was Arnold’s magnificent 4th Symphony. All the various facets which make up this work, hope, fury, the breakdown of society were fully realized in this performanc"
Bob Briggs - Classical Source
Overture 'Girl Crazy'
Galop - The Comedians
Rhapsody in Blue
A performance full of ‘joie de vivre’ with Gershwin’s ever popular Rhapsody in Blue and one of his great theatre overtures ‘Girl Crazy’. We are delighted that Martin James Bartlett returns to Worthing following his triumphant performance of Rhapsody in Blue at this year’s BBC Proms.
We welcome back young Saxophonist Jess Gillam, whose exhilarating performance of the Glazunov saxophone concerto was a real highlight of last season.
A real rarity will be a performance of Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto Gastronomique for ‘Eater’, Waiter and Orchestra – a work written for the famous Hoffnung Festivals of the 1950s and which is a brilliant example of Malcolm’s tuneful wit and high spirits.
"one of the best young sax players in the UK"
Royal Fireworks Music
Piano Concerto In F# minor
Overture to Yeoman of the Guard
Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Will we be celebrating the longest reign by a British monarch on the 8th September! In anticipation we open our season with Handel’s majestic Royal Fireworks Music and also perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s popular Overture to The Yeoman of the Guard.
Varvara Tarasova was an outstanding winner of the 3rd Sussex International Piano Competition playing Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto in the Grand Final. She returns to play Scriabin’s deeply Chopinesque piano concerto – a work that matches Chopin for achingly lyrical melodies, delicate piano textures and sumptuous orchestral sounds.
Beethoven’s justly famous 5th Symphony will be remembered by many for its upbeat tone as victory came to war-torn Europe.
"…mesmerising performance of Chopin's Second Piano Concerto…"
Overture 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'
Symphony No 5 in F major
Nicola Benedetti returns to Worthing to play the Brahms concerto – one of the undoubted masterpieces of the violin repertoire with its soaring melodic lines, exquisite oboe solo in the slow movement and a dancing finale infused with the fire of Hungarian dances.
Otto Nicholai’s popular Shakespearean overture is a classic romantic opera overture – tuneful, sprightly and bucolic.
Dvorak’s Fifth Symphony is a delightful work full of lilting Czech dance rhythms and melting melodies embedded in a serene pastoral atmosphere. The work ends with one of Dvorak’s greatest finales with brilliant fanfares for trumpets and trombones.
"Ms. Benedetti’s sound in the stratosphere of her register is almost improbably pure and gleaming; at times it resembled the supernatural song of a theremin."
New York Times, May 2014
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F
Judging at approx. 5,15pn
Results due approx 6pm
The grand final of the piano competition features the three finalists:
Dinara Klinton plays Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Anna Szalucka plays Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
Varvara Tarasova plays Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2
All accompanied by Worthing Symphony Orchestra conducted by Principal Conductor John Gibbons
And the results are:
First prize – Varvara Tarasova
Second prize – Dinara Klinton
Third prize – Anna Szalucka
Audience prize – Varvara Tarasova
Orchestra prize – Varvara Tarasova
"We have created a competition with integrity and talent as its core"
Polonaise Fantasie Op. 61
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op.58
Moments Musicaux Nos. 1 & 6, Op.16
Selection of Etudes
Idil Biret is acknowledged as one of the premier pianists of our time with a formidable technique combined with an astonishing musicianship. Born in Ankara, she started to play the piano at the age of three and later studied at the Paris Conservatoire under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, graduating at the age of fifteen with three first prizes. She was a pupil of Alfred Cortot and a lifelong disciple of Wilhelm Kempff with whom she gave a concert at the Theatre Champs-Elysees in Paris in 1953 at the age of eleven, performing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos.
Her more than one hundred records since the 1960s include the first recordings of Liszt’s transcriptions of the nine symphonies of Beethoven for EMI which she recorded at the Church of Chamon Gistoux in Belgium in 1986, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique for Atlantic/Finnadar and for Naxos the complete piano works of Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninov, the three Sonatas of Boulez, the Etudes of Ligeti and the Firebird piano transcription by Stravinsky, with a Marco Polo disc of the piano compositions and transcriptions of her mentor Wilhelm Kempff. Her Boulez recording the Golden Diapason of the year award in France in 1995 and the complete Chopin recordings have received a Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin award in Poland the same year.
This recital is part of the third Sussex International Piano Competition.
Concert sponsored by Karen Simporis of Henry House Hot Pool & Therapy Centre
"one of the finest exponents of Chopin’s concertos in the world today"
11.30 Jackie Jaekyung Yoo plays Alwyn, Schumann, Chopin and Scarlatti
12.20 Nanako Kurita plays Grieg, Dutilleux & Alwyn
14.45 Grace Yeo plays Liszt, Haydn, Alwyn and Liszt
15.35 James Guan plays Alwyn, Chopin, Bach and Liszt
16.20 Ben Schoemann plays Alwyn, Messiaen and Brahms
18.00 Younggun Kim plays Poulenc, Kapuustin and Alwyn
18.30 Alexander Soares plays Scarlatti, Alwyn, Liszt and Dutilleux
19.15 Pietro Bonfilio plays Brahms, Ravel, Bach and Alwyn
19.45 Dinara Klinton plays Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin and Alwyn
"Another exciting day of pianistic fireworks"
11.30 David Huh plays Haydn, Chopin, Alwyn & Liszt
12.20 Anna Szalucka plays Schumann, Mykietin and Alwyn
14.45 Anna Bulkina plays Scribain, Prokofiev and Alwyn
15.35 Jun Cho plays Liszt, Alwyn and Bach
16.20 Asagi Nakata plays Scarlatti, Alwyn, Schumann, Chopin and Prokofiev
18.00 Joo Hee Soo plays Debussy, Liszt & Alwyn
18.30 Mayuko Arita plays Liszt, Alwyn, Chopin and Beethoven
19.15 Varvara Tarasova plays Mozart, Brahms & Alwyn
19.45 George Todica plays Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Alwyn & Scriabin
"Exciting repertoire choices"
John Gibbons - Artistic Director of SIPC
Overture Ruslan and Ludmilla
Cello Concerto No. 1
Symphony No. 3
Laura van der Heijden, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, returns with Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto, a powerful work of great intensity and passion.
Glinka’s famous overture opens the concert in scintillating fashion while the true majesty of a symphony orchestra can be enjoyed in one of Bruckner’s most popular symphonies. This music is a blend of lyrical melodies, rich orchestral sonorities and deeply-felt spirituality.
John Gibbons is a passionate advocate of the music of Bruckner and his new recording of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra is released at the end of 2014 on the Danacord label.
"The beauty of Laura van der Heijden's playing lies in the fact that she has a wonderful expressivity, but never, ever overdoes it."
Jane Shuttleworth - Bachtrack
Romeo and Juliet - Fantasy Overture
Second Piano Concerto
Rose Adagio - Sleeping Beauty
Symphony No. 5 in E minor
Top-notch Tchaikovsky dominates a programme of powerful passion, drama and excitement.
William Alwyn’s Second Piano Concerto is a work full of powerful romantic melodies and great exhuberance, described by some as Alwyn’s hommage to Rachmaninov! It was due to be premiered at the 1960 Proms but the soloist suffered paralysis in his right arm shortly before the premiere which was then cancelled.
Arta Arnicane has had to withdraw from this concert and we are delighted that Rabiga Dyussembayeva, second prize winner at the 2n Sussex International Piano Competition will be performing the Alwyn concerto for us.
Tchaikovsky’s symphonies are popular cornerstones of the repertoire. The Fifth Symphony is filled with a plethora of intoxicating melodies that build to one of the supreme uplifting endings.
". Dyussembayeva was able to demonstrate not only her impressive virtuosity but also a more gentle poetry and expansive vitality. "
James Simister - The Brighton Argus
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
Johann Strauss II
Johann Strauss II
Blue Danube Waltz
Johann Strauss II
Thunder and lightning polka
A traditional mix of Viennese Waltzes,
Polkas and Marches including the
Nordseebilder Waltzes (North Sea Pictures).
We are delighted to welcome the new BBC Young Musician of the Year Martin James Bartlett, who will play one of Mozart’s most popular
piano concertos with its tonal links to the
operas Don Giovanni and Idomeneo and
one of the most appealing of all his slow
movements – a delicate Romanze in Bb major.
Martin, from Hornchurch, Essex, has
been learning the piano since the age of
six. He enjoys performing solo recitals
and participating in chamber ensembles.
He is passionate about researching piano
music repertoire and listening to different
"One of the greatest up and coming young piano talents in the music world"
Royal College of Music Magazine 2010
Sir Arthur Bliss
Adagio for Strings
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major
The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius wrote his Fifth Symphony
in the second year of the Great War. Recognised as one of the
greatest works of the 20th century it is “an expression of its
creator’s great optimism, grained through suffering”.
Sir Arthur Bliss was an officer who survived the Battle of the
Somme. His Piano Concerto is a magnificent work that
combines the romanticism of Rachmaninov
with the jazzy brilliance of Gershwin.
Ernest Farrar was killed in the final months
of the Great War whilst Samuel Barber’s
famous Adagio for strings has been used
at many commemoration events.
Winner of the 2nd Sussex International Piano
Competition Poom Prommachart gave an
exquisite performance of Chopin’s First Piano
Concerto last season and has since recorded
a wonderful debut solo recital for the
" Poom Prommachart, we’ll certainly hear from him again. What a winner!"
The lastest.co.uk Andrew Cornell
St Pauls Suite
Popular pieces for strings by Grieg, Dvorak and Holst are
complemented by a work of John Ireland who lived much
of his later life just across the South Downs in Washington.
Jess Gillam has been described by Snake Davis as “one
of the best young saxophonists in the UK”. A woodwind
category finalist in the BBC Young Musician 2014, Jess
was awarded the prestigious Walter Todd Bursary at the
final and has recently shared top billing with Courtney Pine
at a Jazz concert in her home town of Ulverston.
Anthony Hewitt is another native of Ulverston who dazzled
us with his recent performance of the Malcolm Williamson
Second Piano Concerto. He returns with another romantic
piano concerto by Doreen Carwithen,
a pioneering female composer for Rank films in the 1940s and
1950s whose accessible style has won her many new fans.
The Piano concerto was premiered at the 1952
Henry Wood Proms to great acclaim.
"Anthony Hewitt...A remarkably gifted artist"
The Gramophone 2008
The Flying Dutchman Overture
A Song of Summer
Prelude and Liebestod - Tristan und Isolde
Poeme de l'amour et de lar mer
The British coastline has inspired composers
throughout the ages. Debussy’s orchestral
masterpiece La Mer, was sketched in
Eastbourne whilst ancient Cornwall is the
setting for Wagner’s epic tale of doomed love.
Ken Russell’s famous film on Delius includes a
memorable scene with the blind and paralysed
composer (Max Adrian) dictating the opening
passage to his amanuensis Eric Fenby
(Christopher Gable) setting a scene of a
heather-clad cliff top overlooking the sea.
The Flying Dutchman Overture is one of the
most exciting sea pieces ever composed while
Chausson’s Poeme de l’amour et de la mer is
one of the great works for soprano and orchestra.
We are delighted to welcome one the most
exciting young Wagnerian singers in the world,
Helena Dix. Helena represented Australia in the
2005 BBC Cardiff Singers of the World and has
been recently nominated as Best Young Singer in
The International Opera awards. She won the
Nino Sanciolo scholarship to study in Italy and
the Wagner Society’s Bursary Competition.
In 2012 she performed in the Bayreuth
Stipendiatenkonzert at the Festspielhaus for
members of Wagner’s family and recently sang
in Karlsruhe as part of the International Wagner
prize. She is one of the eight finalists for the
Seattle International Wagner competition to be
held in August 2014 and recently made her
debut, to great critical acclaim, at the Wexcord
International Opera festival in the title role
of Cristina Regina di Svezia by Foroni.
"Helena Dix met them fearlessly, with blazing, laser-like top notes easily riding the ensembles. As the evening progressed she fielded the necessary warmth and pliability, with much sensitive soft singing. She is a star."
William Lloyd Webber
Following Julian Lloyd Webber’s retirement we are delighted that Emma Johnson has agreed to perform Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Concerto with us. Concert opens with Shostakovich’s ebullient Festival Ocerture and concludes with Elgar’s wonderful Enigma Variations including the ever-popular ‘Nimrod’.
The rarity in the concert is William Lloyd Webber’s orchestral masterpiece ‘Aurora’.
"England's best loved clarinettist"
BBC Music Magazine
Symphony in C
Nicola Benedetti returns to Worthing with her amazing trio to play Beethoven’s sublime Triple Concerto. Worthing audiences are already familiar with sensational young cellist Leonard Elschenbroich so tickets for Nicola, Leonard and Alexei will be in great demand.
Beethoven’s dramatic Egmont Overture is another of his works concerning the overthrow of tyranny and is full of sublime and exultant music. Faure’s Pavane has been used as the theme tune for a number of major sporting events and is a short work of delicate beauty. it is followed by Bizet’s delightful Symphony in C – this sunny and ebullient work is brimming over with youthful vibrancy and energy
"Playing with a huge, lustrous sound — but also exquisite pianissimos where called for — soloist Nicola Benedetti brought dazzling technique and a big personality to the piece."
Scott Cantrell - The Dallas Morning News - Jan. 2013
Henry V - excerpts
Belles of St Trinians
Richard III - excerpts
Swiss Family Robinosn
In search of Castaways
Ladies in Lavender
A special afternoon of golden memories as we journey through some classic British film and tV music. enjoy stirring wartime marches, the light-hearted frivolity of
St. Trinians, the romance of Charles Dance’s film Ladies in Lavender, the drama of Laurence Olivier’s Shakespeare films and the gentlebygone nostalgia of the original dramatisation of Brideshead Revisited.
Richard Hills is one of the leading Wurlitzer players in the world making a triumphant BBC Prom solo debut on the August Bank Holiday 2013. Chris Shrimpton has been British national chromatic harmonica player in 2010 and 2011.
"Organist of the year"
American Theatre Organ Society - 2010
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G
Suite No 2 in B minor
Water Music - Suite in G
Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor
Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Piano Concerto No. 2
Symphony No. 4
A concert of Baroque masterworks guarantees and afternoon full of buoyant optimism. Bach’s Suite No. 2 features a solo flute and includes the famous Badinerie. Boyce’s symphonies are extended overtures of great vitality. Thee fourth symphony was used as the signature-tune of radio 4’s These You Have Loved.
Master of the Queen’s music, Malcolm Williamson, was a multi-talented musician who wrote four piano concertos. The second is a short neo-Baroque work for piano and strings that positively glistens with brilliant jazzy inflections.Handel’s ever-popular Water Music and Bach’s vivacious Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 complete the afternoon’s fun.
"A remarkably gifted artist"
The Gramophone 2008
Overture 'Cosi fan tutte'
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
Two Elegiac pieces
Symphony No. 4 'Tragic'
A gripping second Sussex international Piano Competition was won by the dazzling Thai pianist, Poom Prommachart. Chopin’s first piano concerto was premiered in Warsaw in 1830 to rapturous acclaim and has remained a firm favourite for audiences and pianists alike. Grieg’s beautifully crafted music is similarly always popular while Schubert’s Tragic symphony is not sombre, as one might expect from its nickname,but tempestuous, ardent and ultimately joyous.
"Poom Prommachart of Thailand performed Rachmaninov’s third concerto in D minor. Choosing a well-known concerto can be a disadvantage as audiences make comparisons, but Poom’s interpretation was distinctive and individual while still measuring up to more famous predecessors"
Blue Danube Waltz
Horn Concerto No. 4 in Eb major
Musetta's Waltz Song (La Boheme)
Vienna at new year is full of hope and expectation,a mood that our programme of popular waltzes, polkas and marches by Johann Strauss ii and his family captures to the full. Dave Lee, one of Britain’s most legendary horn players, shines in Mozart’s most famous horn concerto whilst young Australian soprano, Prudence Sanders, delights in well-known arias from opera and operetta.
"Dave has been there and done it all.– and still does!"
The Horn Players, April 2004
Symphony No. 6
Four Last Songs
Symphony No. 5
Some of the most passionate and inspired music of the twentieth century promises to mark Remembrance Sunday in a most powerful and poignant way. Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs were written in the aftermath of WWII by an 84 year-old composer facing the future with great calmness and serenity -undoubtedly they are the most famous set of orchestral songs of the twentieth century.
Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony – his most popular – was his response to stinging criticism by Stalin who wanted music that would appeal to the masses and Stalin was no doubt thrilled by this tuneful and stirring work.
Our concert opens with a gloriously lyrical symphony by George Lloyd in his centenary year. Lloyd, who served on the arctic convoys, was one of only a handful of survivors when HMS Trinidad was sunk by its own malfunctioning torpedo. Such tragedy often
lies hidden within his music, joy and energy predominating in these brilliantly orchestrated works full of humour and vitality.
" I never wrote 12-tone music because I didn't like the theory. It made composers forget how to sing."
Join Olga Paliy, international concert pianist and winner of the audience prize at the 2nd Sussex International Piano Competition, in an evening of piano music and conversation.
"beautiful and engaging player"
Pirates of the Caribbean
2nd Clarinet Concerto
Flight of the Bumble-Bee
Rhapsody in Blue
The Inn of Sixth Happiness
Out of Africa
March - The True Glory
Odd Man Out
A welcome return for WSO to the annual Malcolm Arnold Festival. A night of fabulous orchestral showpieces including Ravel’s Bolero, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and the great Julian Bliss as soloist in Malcolm Arnold’s 2nd Clarinet Concerto.
"It isn’t just his technique, though that is astonishing enough. It’s the wit, poise and vivacity in his playing. In short, it is the pure intuition leading him straight to the heart of what he plays"
Introduction and Allegro for strings
The Victorian Kitchen Garden
Since winning BBC Young Musician of the Year, Emma Johnson has gone on to establish herself as one of the
foremost woodwind soloists in the world. Her recording of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto was much acclaimed for its singing qualities in a work that is quintessentially pastoral England.
This mood was also a major element in the music of Sir Edward Elgar and many believe the Introduction and Allegro is inspired by his many walks across the Malvern Hills. The Victorian Kitchen Garden achieved huge popularity on BBC2 with its signature theme played by Emma Johnson. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings is one of the most uplifing and inspiring string works of all time.
"Britain's favourite clarinettist"
John Gibbons leads Olivier award winners Opera Up-Close in a sparkling, witty version of Donizetti’s comic opera L’elisir d’amore, set at a glamorous 1950’s garden party.
Adina, the hottest star in Hollywood, is adored by Nemorino. When an ambitious army officer makes a very public proposal to Adina, Nemorino is in despair until smooth-talking stylist Dulcamara comes to his rescue with a remedy to win Adina once and for all.
"the whole thing fizzes from start to finish as a piece of unpretentious fun. Complete with 3D effects, it’s just the sunny job for anyone glum with Seasonal Affective Disorder."
Rupert Christiansen - The Telegraph
Leonore Overture No. 3
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F# minor
March of the Sardar
Symphony No. 3 in Eb major 'Rhenish'
Legendary Turkish pianist, Idil Biret, is probably the most recorded pianist in history. Her astonishing range of acclaimed recordings for the Naxos label include the complete works of Rachmaninov, so her performance of his vibrantly romantic Piano Concerto No. 1 will be eagerly anticipated by lovers of luscious piano concertos. Full of yearning, soulful melodies, it features passages of high passion and drama coupled with scintillating piano writing.
The popular Procession of the Sardar is the final movement from the Caucasian Sketches by Ippolitov-Ivanov, the vibrant orchestration a vivid reminder that he studied with the great Rimsky-Korsakov.
Two pillars of the German tradition complete our afternoon: Schumann’s glorious Rhenish Symphony was inspired by a pleasure trip on the Rhine,culminating in a visit to Cologne Cathedral while Beethoven’s most popular of the five overtures to his opera Fidelio, known as Leonore No. 3, includes the famous and dramatic trumpet call of redemption.
"an internationally renowned artist"
Mariettas Lied (‘Glück, das mirverblieb’) from Die tote Stadt, Op. 12
(arr. Franz Williams)
Main Theme from Ladies in Lavender
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
in A minor, Op. 28
Main Theme from Schindler’s List
Piano Quartet in A minor
Tango – PorunaCabeza
(arr. John Lenehan)
Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50
Nicola Benedetti, one of the world’s most sought-after violinists, comes to Brighton Dome this autumn for one night only, to give a highly anticipated recital. On the Silver Violin Tour – inspired by her chart-topping CD – she is joined by cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk with a popular and enthralling programme.
Winner of the Classic BRIT Award for Best Female Artist in 2012 and described by BBC Music Magazine as a ‘talent to inspire, her vitality is infectious’, Nicola Benedetti is right at the top of the classical music world and regularly captivates audiences and critics alike with her musicality and poise. This is a must-see performance, book now.
"talent to inspire, her vitality is infectious"
BBC Music Magazine
Wotan Scena (Der Ring der Nibelungen)
Vltava (The Moldau)
Vltava is one of six remarkable tone poems depicting Smetana’s beloved homeland. The work is a vivid description of the River Moldau as it passes on its way from the forests of Bohemia, through the St John’s Rapids to Prague and the castle of Vyšehrad.
The Rhine has spawned much German folklore and is at the heart of Wagner’s great music drama cycle, Das Ring des Niebelungen. Sir John Tomlinson is one of the preeminent Wagnerian singers of the past thirty years and performs with WSO after his autumn 2012 appearance in the Ring Cycle at the Royal Opera House. Wotan Scena is a masterly scenario created by David Syrus, Head of Music Staff at the Royal Opera House and a long-standing Bayreuth Festival musician. The orchestral version is by John Gibbons.
Rachmaninov’s second symphony is one of his most richly rewarding works. Composed in Dresden, shortly after Piano Concerto No.3 in 1906, it won the Glinka Award in 1908. Since then it has become one of the most popular of all the Romantic symphonies.
The slow movement, in particular, contains one of Rachmaninov’s finest and most beautiful melodies, meltingly introduced by the solo clarinet.
"Sir John Tomlinson is one of the great Wagnerians of our time"
Symphony No.5 in D major
Cello Concerto in B minor
BBC Young Musician 2012, Laura van der Heijden, returns to play one of the supreme cello concertos of all time, a work full of romantic sentiment and one of Dvorak’s greatest masterpieces.
Fifteen-year-old Laura is the youngest daughter of a Dutch father and a Swiss mother. She joined the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music at age eight and passed her grade eight exams for piano and cello when she was ten. She has since performed with the Jupiter Chamber Orchestra, Zurcher Kammer Orchester and won the Marjorie Humby competition at the Royal College of Music last year.
The overture to Semiramide is one of Rossini’s finest and opens one of his most serious operas about the Queen of Babylon, who murders her husband with the help of her lover, only to later fall in love with a warrior who turns out to be her son.
Ralph Vaughan Williams remains one of Britain’s most popular composers. He wrote the fifth symphony during the darkest days of the second world war and ironically, its beautiful vision of optimism and peace was quite a shock to the audience at the premiere. The melodic lines and serene mood recall the atmosphere of his famous work The Lark Ascending while his trademark orchestration conjures up spellbinding moments of cathedral-like sonorities.
"Laura has a special talent ... music exudes from every fibre of her being."
Recorder Concerto in C minor
The Four Seasons
Charlotte Barbour-Condini is the first recorder player to have won the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician, which she achieved during the 2012 competition. She is able to change perceptions of the recorder with her sparkling performances and reprises her winning rendition of Vivaldi’s concerto with Worthing Symphony Orchestra.
One of the most popular works of all time, The Four Seasons, will be enlivened by Tibor Varga International Violin Competition and 2001 Reuters Prize winner Boris Brovtsyn. He has appeared with orchestras and at festivals across the world, worked with distinguished colleagues such as Sir Neville Marriner, Yuri Bashmet and Alain Lombard as a soloist, and in chamber music concerts with Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Denis Matsuev and Alexei Ogrintchouk among others.
Part of the appeal of The Four Seasons lies in their pictorial descriptions and this performance also unites the orchestra with young talented string players from across the county. The poems which inspired the music will be narrated by distinguished actress Josephine Tewson, known to millions for her roles as nervous Elizabeth in Keeping up Appearances and Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine.
"Brovtsyn has a compelling stage presence ... and a passion for the music that is as much innate as it is modestly transmitted."
Star Wars – main titles
Mother Goose Suite
The Three Bears Suite
E.T. Flying Theme
Variations on a Nursery Theme
Peter Pan Suite
Peter and the Wolf
Thrilling film scores and orchestral masterpieces usher in yet more delights as well-loved characters are musically conjured by the orchestra.
Young pianist, Arta Arnicane, was born into a musical family and studied piano in Moscow, Riga, Glasgow and Zurich. Since winning the Sussex International Piano Competition 2010, she has also been the winner of the Prague Spring International Music Competition 2011, the Baltic International Piano Competition and the Premio Iturbi in Spain.
This year her London concerto debut with conductor John Gibbons in Southwark Cathedral nestles alongside other major engagements including appearances at the Tonhalle in Zürich and the Megaron in Thessaloniki.
Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Tom Thumb, Beauty and the Beast, E.T. and the Sugar- Plum Fairy will all be created as well as the famous
Waltz of the Flowers during an afternoon which will put a smile on the faces of young and old alike, narrated by BBC presenter John Inverdale.
"Her intense composure before each piece was magnetic .... her interpretation revelatory."
The Battle of the Somme
This year’s popular concert of remembrance features a full screening of the Imperial War Museum’s 1916 film The Battle of the Somme with a live film score from young British composer Laura Rossi.
The film was shot by two official cinematographers, Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell and on 19th August 1916 went on general release, selling twenty
million tickets in the first six weeks. In 2005 the film was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register and remains one of the most significant films of all time.
The concert opens with John Ireland’s stirring Epic March, a work premiered at
the opening concert of the 1942 Proms. It is followed by a performance by the
young German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, winner of the Leonard Bernstein award and long-time protégé of Anne-Sophie Mutter, who returns to play Elgar’s poignant 1919 Cello Concerto – a work synonymous with the horrors of the first world war.
"Elschenbroich’s sound had a burnished glow and radiated authority."
Symphony No. 35 "Haffner"
Piano Concerto in A minor
Symphony No. 2 in D major
Jessica Zhu won the audience prize at the inaugural Sussex International Piano Competition for her performance of Liszt’s first piano concerto and we are excited to welcome her back to play one of the most popular Romantic piano concertos by Schumann.
Jessica received warm praise for her Wigmore Hall debut, given as part of the Park Lane Group’s Young Artists Series in December 2011, having studied with Nancy Weems at the University of Houston before gaining a highly coveted Marshall Scholarship in 2009. With the award she took up a masters programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Joan Havill and graduating with distinction. Jessica is now on a fellowship at the Guildhall studying with Paul Roberts and Ronan O’Hora.
The concert is framed by two classical symphonies packed full of sunny optimism, while the delightful Capriol Suite, based on sixteenth century French dances, is a delightfully engaging work for strings.
"Nobody could accuse Zhu of not taking risks ...magnificent!"
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Symphony No. 7 in D minor
One of today’s most charismatic international soloists, Nicola Benedetti, returns to Worthing to play Bruch’s ever-popular Violin Concerto in G minor, in what promises to be a truly memorable occasion.
Nicola has captivated audiences and critics alike with her musicality and poise. She has a remarkable ability to communicate and enthral audiences with dynamic and energy-filled performances. Throughout her career, Nicola’s desire to perform a broad variety of repertoire and reach a wide audience has shown her to be one of Britain’s most innovative and creative young violinists.
Dvorak’s seventh symphony, a powerful work full of melody, infectious Czech rhythms and vibrant orchestral colour, is his finest symphony while Elgar’s ebullient concert overture opens the season in a vibrant, uplifting manner.
"Nicola Benedetti brings a degree of heat, subtlety and quicksilver colours only achieved by the world’s best."
Geoff Brown, The Times