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.
Hilary Finch - The Times
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
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
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. "
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" "
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?" "
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.”"
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