We loved working with Savitri Grier so much in May 2015 that we invited her
back to play the ever-popular Violin Concerto No. 1 by Bruch. At number 5
in Classic FM’s ‘Ultimate Hall of Fame’ this piece is up there with
the very best!
Beautiful melodies are abundant in this concert which opens with just the
wind players of the Havant Chamber Orchestra performing the Serenade for 13
Wind Instruments by Richard Strauss. Strauss’s father was a horn
player and Richard showed a particular affinity for wind instruments, writing
two concertos for horn, one for oboe and several other pieces for groups of
wind instruments – this first one at the age of just 17.
The concert concludes with the joyful Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven.
This was such a huge hit at its premiere in 1813 that the second movement had to be
encored immediately and the whole concert was repeated!