Havant Chamber Orchestra open this concert at Ferneham Hall
with the ever-popular Overture to The Marriage of Figaro by
Mozart. We then bring you three soloists for the price of one in the
shape of the Albany Piano Trio! Pippa, Gemma and Verity join us to play
the fabulous Triple Concerto by Beethoven – a concerto for piano,
violin and cello with orchestra. Written in 1803, less than 20 years
after The Marriage of Figaro, this is probably the only well-known work
for this combination of instruments. You may have seen it on television
during the 2015 Proms played by the amazing West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under
For the second half of the concert HCO, under their Musical
Director Robin Browning, will leap forward to the early 20th Century
for some Sibelius and Prokofiev.
Sibelius wrote incidental music for the play Pelléas
et Mélisande in 1905 and later produced a concert Suite from it.
There are nine short movements, of which the first At the Castle Gate
has become synonymous with the long running television series The Sky at
Prokofiev called his first symphony the Classical
Symphony because when writing it he wanted to emulate the style of the
great classical composer Haydn. Of course the work is not a copy of Haydn
and Prokofiev did not quote from Haydn at all – he uses classical
structures but with a modern twist. It is light and joyful and, for a
symphony, very short!