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Newsletter for October 2008

This is an edited version of the Havant Orchestras newsletter which is provided in printed form to players and Friends of the Orchestra.


The Symphony Orchestra’s recording of the Blower Symphony is on BBC Radio 3 - next TUESDAY 14 OCTOBER in ‘Performance on 3, Play to the Nation’, from 7.00-9.15pm.

This Friday - 17th October, HAVANT ARTS CENTRE 7.30pm

Recital by Naoko Miyamoto, violin & Simon Lane, piano

Sonata in B flat K 454   Mozart
Sonata No 3 in F (1838)   Mendelssohn
Sonata in A   César Franck
Tickets £8.50 (concessions £7.25, students £5.00)
Book in advance for HOPEFULLY the first of many recitals at HAC on: 023 92472700.

From the Chairman....

Welcome to our 2008-2009 season!

At the Bob Harding Bursary Auditions after our last concert at Ferneham Hall we appointed Jessica Cottis as our new conducting Bursary holder.  Jessica impressed us greatly with her musicality and conducting skill and also with her talent for getting maximum enjoyment out of rehearsal - which she has already demonstrated again when she took a rehearsal for Jason Lai for the Hayling concert.  We are looking forward to a very successful season with Jessica.

Jason Lai, Bob Harding Bursary holder from about 10 years back, took over the Hayling Island concert and, with soloist Jeanine Thorpe, produced a concert which was hugely enjoyed by audience, orchestra conductor and soloist alike.  Many, many thanks to Jason.

At the AGM in September the existing committee was re-elected unchanged.  The Musical Director reported on an excellent season from the musical point of view and the Treasurer reported that we made a small surplus on the season despite unexpected extra costs.  The work of the committee and the many other helpers was acknowledged but it was stated that the Society needed more volunteers, in particular to help the Administrator and Publicity Officer, Sandra Craddock so I should like to reiterate, please contact Sandra or myself if you feel you could spare a little time to help the Society to flourish.

Looking forward now to the coming season, it is full of interesting novelties and old favourites.  I have a particular interest in this first concert as I shall be playing in the Chamber Orchestra for the first time for probably over 20 years and what a delightful programme it is!  We have already started rehearsing the Symphony Orchestra’s November concert as well and I was very impressed with Glazunov’s 6th Symphony on a first meeting so, if you do not already have a season ticket convert to one after the concert - details are in the new Programme Book and enjoy a complete season of musical delights.  (You can always lend the ticket to a friend if you can’t make a particular concert.)

Tony Gutteridge

Remember, remember!!  No, not that date in November yet, but PLEASE bring your PROGRAMME VOUCHER (attached to your Season Ticket) with you to claim your new PROGRAMME BOOK on Saturday.

Ferneham Hall, Saturday 18 October

6.30 Pre-concert talk by David Goodall in the auditorium - all welcome
7.00 Musicians from Portsmouth High School for Girls in the Octagon Lounge
Book and CD Sale in the Meon with Bargains galore!
7.30 The Concert
9.30 approx end of concert

... then have a safe journey home

Saturday’s Pre-Concert Interlude ...

will be played by the Portsmouth High School for Girls’ Flute Trio - Holly Kettle, Grace Gladston and Alana Grady.  They are coached by Cathy Nicholson, 1st flute in both our Orchestras. More information about the players and details of the music will be available on Saturday.

CDs for sale

Browse before the concert, during the interval and afterwards as well!

10% of Sale Price to Orchestra Funds

Booking for This Season

Margaret Packe will be at her usual spot in the Meon Area on Saturday - before the concert and in the interval - to distribute any undelivered Season Tickets and to receive booking forms for new Season Tickets. 

Notes from the Conductor.....

The concert begins with a very fine Overture-Sinfonia by J C Bach and it is easy to discern qualities in this work which appealed so much to Mozart.  Listen for the drama in the opening bars with a ‘steamroller’ crescendo; the stormy contrasting ‘terraced’ dynamics, the stylised articulation; the graceful Andante with a muted violin melody and pizzicato accompaniment; and a pompous, strictly formal Minuet.  All very engaging stuff.

John Ireland’s Concertino Pastorale for strings is worlds away in style, essence and language and has that indefinable ‘English’ quality about it that transcends its winding, meandering opening movement, the sustained sweet sadness of the Threnody and the feverish bustle of the final Toccata - a real tour de force for the strings.

I can hardly believe that it’s almost 40 years since we last performed Mozart’s wonderful A major violin concerto with its technically challenging solo part (for the period), wealth of expressive opportunities and ‘Turkish’ fireworks in the finale.  We are delighted to welcome the distinguished young British player Thomas Gould as our soloist on Saturday.  Thomas has very kindly agreed to play, as an ‘extra’, the Adagio movement which Mozart wrote as an alternative to the original slow movement and this will begin the second part of the concert. 

We end with Haydn’s 44th Symphony which is almost directly contemporary with J C Bach’s E flat Sinfonia and shares similar dramatic characteristics in the vigorous opening movement.  It also has a clever strutting Minuet in canon between violins and the bass line; an arioso adagio with muted melody and a bonus fourth movement finale which fizzes and crackles like a firework.  We are going to have FUN!

Peter Craddock

CDs for this and the November Concerts

Sourced by GE

J C Bach Sinfonia in E flat Op2/2   Budapest Camerata / Hanspeter Gmur
c/w Op Sinfonias; 2 Sinfonia Concertantes
Naxos 8.550385   Bargain Price
Ireland Concertino Pastorale for strings   LPO / Boult
c/w Holy Boy; A Downland Suite - Minuet & Elegy; Bridge: Suite for strings, etc
Lyrita SRCD 242   Full Price
Mozart Violin Concerto No 5   Carmignola / Orchestra Mozart / Abbado
c/w Violin Ctos 1-4 & Sinf Concertante K 364
DG 477 7371   2 discs for the price of 1
Haydn Symphony No 44   Capella Istropolitana / Wordsworth
c/w Symphonies Nos 88 & 104
Naxos 8.553085   Bargain Price
Grieg Overture In Autumn   RPO / Beecham
c/w Peer Gynt, Symphonic Dance No 2 & Old Norwegian Folksong Vars.
EMI 566914-2   Mid Price
Svendsen Norwegian Rhapsody No 1   Trondheim SO / Ole Kristian Ruud
c/w Norwegian Rhaps’ 2-4 & music by Halvorsen
Simax PSC 1085   ?Full Price
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2   Ashkenazy / LSO / Previn
c/w Piano Concertos 1, 3, 4
Decca Double 444839-2   2 Bargain discs
Glazunov Symphony No 6   Russian National SO / Polyanski
c/w Suite caracteristique
CHAN 10238   Full price

Dear Friends of the Havant Orchestras,

What a lovely time we had at the Bursary Evening.  I do hope you enjoyed it as much as me!  Both candidates had plenty to give but I wish Jessica well on your behalf for the coming season.  As our Chairman reports above, she has already taken a rehearsal for the Hayling Island concert and the players are really looking forward to working with her for the November concert.

I hope to arrange a get-together in the Christmas period and will be in touch as soon as the details are finalised.

All best wishes from Rosemary and me,

Beryl (BH), Friends’ Secretary

Trials and Tribulations!

This edition of the Newsletter has been invaded with problems.  HOWEVER, nothing is as simple as those few words would indicate!  My ‘new’ computer (not this one, this is the ‘old' one) simply would not ‘boot up’.  It needed a new hard drive ‘should take you about 90 minutes to change if you can use a screwdriver and have played with Meccano.....’ was the advice from the ’helpline’

What an understatement!  I looked at the machine and at the very basic instructions and decided it wasn’t possible.  So a friend took pity on me and agreed that it was a much larger job that only an expert (like him) should tackle.  Hope you can understand how frustrated I’ve been and why this Newsletter is not as smart as usual!

Sandra Craddock, Editor

Havant Orchestras’ Risk Assessment Survey

The previous, rather flippant, item leads on to a rather more serious matter.  The Orchestras’ committee has been discussing ‘risk assessment’ recently and the first ‘risk’ that was identified was the amount of knowledge and information about all the workings of the Society that is held either on the paper, on the computer or in the heads of just two people.  Not surprisingly these are Peter and Sandra Craddock as Peter has been ‘at the helm’ since before HSO was in existence and Sandra has been on the committee since 1980 and involved ‘behind the scenes’ as long as Peter.

The result of the ensuing discussion was that both of them need ‘back up’ of all their historical - and current - knowledge and they were asked to list possible ‘jobs’ they do which could be done by others.  They will need to identify the various talents that such jobs will involve.  However, there are three interesting tasks that they have in mind already and would be interested to know if you have the necessary time and enthusiasm, not to mention expertise, to sort them out.

First - to update and rationalise their extensive orchestral telephone directory, first printed in 1999 and still referring to 01705, etc codes!  This entails knowledge of the XL computer program.

Next, for more ‘hands-on’ help, collating and organising all the press releases and reports dating back to at least 1962 which are in ‘hard’ format: i.e. cuttings from local newspapers, etc, which need identifying, dating, and probably photo-copying and then sorting into date order.

Finally, setting up a computer record of all the concerts, programmes, soloists and personnel who have conducted the Orchestras and what they played or conducted since 1962.  Not as daunting as it looks as there are almost complete records but they need to be computerised for easy access.

Oops!  They’ve also thought of: setting up a programme note directory from all the concert programmes; and ... VERY FINALLY (for the moment) ... has anyone a programme from the Hayling concert that Mark Wigglesworth conducted in aid of the Rachel Madocks School?  It is the only one that got away from their archive and a copy would be useful - on loan, if only to record the details.

Thanks in advance of your offers which should be directed to: Sandra Craddock on 023 9248 3228 or

Bursary Holder Updates

Jason Lai really enjoyed his reunion with HSO and sent this message for Peter: ‘It's great that the orchestra has been in such good hands under your watch so bravo to you for keeping the high standards!  Please pass on my congratulations to the orchestra for a wonderful concert.’

Daniel Cohen (Holder 2005 - 6) was recently appointed conductor in Residence of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Jersey Chamber Orchestra.  He will be conducting his own ensemble at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on Sunday 30 November.  More details in the next Newsletter, or on the South Bank Centre website.


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