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Newsletter for February 2017

This is an edited version of the Havant Orchestras newsletter which is provided in printed form (or e-mailed in PDF format, if requested) to players and Friends of the Orchestras.

The Havant Orchestras

President: The Rt Hon. the Lord Willetts    Patrons: The Mayor of Havant; The Mayor of Fareham

February 2017 Newsletter

From the Chairman …

This newsletter contains information about two concerts this time, because in addition to the Havant Chamber Orchestra main concert at Ferneham Hall on 11th February, the HCO strings will be performing in an additional concert in the new Emsworth Baptist Church on 11th March (see the back page for details).  This will give us a chance to try out the acoustics of the new church building, to gauge the level of interest in orchestral music in the area, and to make the Havant Orchestras known to a wider audience.  This concert is one of the development activities being subsidised from the recent legacy from Margaret (and Tony) Packe, who lived nearby in Emsworth, and we are very grateful for the opportunity that this has provided.

We will also be back in Emsworth in April.  A group of players from Havant Chamber Orchestra (led by Cathy Mathews, with your chairman at the keyboard) has been invited by the Mayor of Havant to perform at St James’ Church on Sunday April 9th as the final concert of Havant Music Festival.  The programme will consist mainly of baroque string music including several concertos (as for recent concerts performed by the same group in Droxford and Havant), and more details will be provided in the next newsletter.

In the mean time, we have an exciting concert in Fareham, with a delightful but often overlooked Mendelssohn overture, the lyrical oboe concerto by Richard Strauss and the amazing exhilaration of Mozart’s final symphony.  We hope to see you all there!

Jonathan Scott     Tel: 023 8026 1372

Saturday 11th February’s Programme

at Ferneham Hall, Fareham

James Turnbull

Robin Browning

6.30 Pre-concert talk in the auditorium by Richard Moore
7.00 Pre-concert interlude in the Octagon Lounge
7.20 Take your seats in the auditorium
7.30 The Concert
conducted by Robin Browning.
Overture The Fair Melusine Mendelssohn
Oboe Concerto in D major 
 Soloist: James Turnbull
Richard Strauss
    Interval – 20 minutes
Symphony No. 41 in C major, Jupiter Mozart
9.30 (approx) End of Concert
We wish you a safe journey home.

Pre-concert Talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium

Richard Moore will be talking about Richard Strauss and his oboe concerto.

We recommend taking seats at or near the front so that you can easily hear the speaker and musical excerpts.  If you miss the start, please feel free to enter quietly.

Pre-concert Interlude at 7.00pm in the Octagon Lounge

The pre-concert interlude in the Octagon Lounge will be given by Meoncross Chamber Choir and Music Scholars, directed by Paula Barnes (HSO bassoon).

These talented youngsters enjoy the opportunity to perform to an audience, so please move into the Octagon lounge in good time and encourage others to join you.   Feel free to move around quietly, but to allow everyone to enjoy the music please keep any conversation low or move well away into the bar area or foyer.

Notes from the conductor…

Hello and a very happy new year to you all.  It seems to be only weeks since the last time I wrote that – time flies!  I’m hugely looking forward to the next few months with HCO not least because we’ve managed to get two, not just one, concert into the opening months of 2017.  And they’re both crackers. 

In February we continue our season at Ferneham Hall with a mix of well- and lesser-known works: opening with a hidden gem of Mendelssohn, his “Fair Melusine” Overture – about a cursed watersprite who turns into a serpent every Saturday.  As you do... 

The Strauss Oboe Concerto is not only the greatest for the instrument, but one of the greatest 20th century concertos.  A late work, it inhabits the same world as the Four Last Songs: subtle, harmonically-daring but with a definite backward glance at the classical world, and beautifully melancholic.  Our soloist, James Turnbull, is an old friend and colleague – a stunning soloist who’ll be more than equal to its technical and emotional demands. 

Mozart’s Jupiter is one of those towering edifices for any conductor – a bit like Eroica, although shorter.  It’s dense, full of wit and sparkle, yet is a masterwork of conception and craftsmanship.  There’s not one note one could add, nor remove.  I can’t wait to tackle it with these marvellous players. 

And, coming in March, the strings of HCO debut at Emsworth Baptist Church.  There’s so much incredible repertoire to plunder for a string orchestra that it was more a matter of what to leave out than vice versa.  But we’ve devised a fascinating programme of string gems, centered around the Elgar Introduction and Allegro for solo quartet and orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s stunning Serenade for Strings.  Plus there’s a little known wonder, Puccini’s Crisantemi, and works by Sibelius and Warlock.

So much great music to love – I look forward to welcoming you to both of these concerts.

Robin Browning

CD recommendations for the works in the main concert

Sourced by Gordon Egerton (Clarinet)

Mendelssohn - Overture ‘The Fair Melusine’
Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit
(c/w other overtures).
Decca 4175412 (£12.75).

Strauss - Oboe Concerto
Francois Leleux, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding
(c/w Serenade Op.7 & Suite Op.4).
Sony 886977 48692 (£8.00).

Mozart - Symphony no.41 ‘Jupiter’
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein
(c/w Symphony no.40).
DG E4455 482 (£8.50).

(Prices quoted are from the Presto Classical website).

CD recommendations for the works in the string concert

Sibelius - Andante Festivo
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi
(c/w Karelia Suite, The Oceanides, Luonnatar, King Christian 11 Suite, & Finlandia).
DG 4477 602 (£12.75).

Warlock - Capriol Suite
Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Richard Studt
(c/w string works by Britten, Delius, Holst, & Vaughan Williams).
Naxos 8550823 (£6.25).

Puccini - Crisantemi
Hungarian Operetta Orchestra, Pier Georgio Morandi
(c/w Messa di Gloria & Preludio Sinfonico).
Naxos 8555304 (£6.25).

Elgar - Introduction & Allegro
English Chamber Orchestra, Julian Lloyd Webber
(c/w string works by Delius, Howard Goodall, Ireland, William Lloyd Webber, & Vaughan Williams).
Naxos 8573250 (£6.25).

Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings
New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, Paavo Berglund
(c/w Dvorak Serenade for Strings)
BIS BISCD 243 (£12.75).

(Prices quoted are from the Presto Classical website).

Next HCO concert

HCO Concert at Emsworth Baptist Church 11th March 2017

Next HSO concert

HSO Concert at Oaklands School 25th March 2017

Other concerts by local orchestras

Saturday 18th February, 7.30pm
St Thomas’ Cathedral, Portsmouth
Solent Symphony Orchestra
Sullivan, Binge, Vaughan Williams

Saturday 4th March, 7.30pm
United Reformed Church, Fareham
Portsmouth Philharmonia and
Meon Valley Orchestra
Charity concert

Saturday 18th March, 7.30pm
Turner Sims, Southampton
City of Southampton Orchestra
Mendelssohn, Grieg, Beethoven

Saturday 18th March, 7.30pm
Medina Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra
Poulenc, Ravel, Franck, Saint-Saëns

See the Events page on our website for information about many other orchestral concerts and other musical events in the area.

Other musical events

compiled by Geoff Porter

Thursday 23rd February, 7.30pm
Portsmouth Guildhall
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello

Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude to Act 1
Schumann: Cello Concerto
Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude to Act 3
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish’.

Thursday 9th March, 7.30pm
Portsmouth Guildhall
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Peter Harrison, conductor

‘Heroes and Legends’:
More Music from the Movies

Saturday 11th March, 7.30pm
St. Mary’s Church, Portsmouth
Portsmouth Choral Union and
Southern Pro Musica
Wesley: Confitebor tibi, Domine

Society contact information

Havant and District Orchestral Society (HADOS)
Registered Charity No 288747  Email:  Tel: 023 8026 1372


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