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Newsletter for May 2008

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

From the Chairman....

Those who enjoyed the world premiere of the Symphony by Maurice Blower at the Symphony Orchestra's (almost) sell-out concert in March will be pleased to hear that the recording made by Toby Hulbert, a Music Technology student from the University of Surrey, is available for sale – proceeds to the composer's estate and to our Society.

In our last newsletter we asked whether anyone would be interested in sponsoring the purchase of music for next season and beyond.  The response was quite remarkable and we would like to thank all the generous donors for their invaluable support of our work.  If you feel you would like to support us in this way there are many other aspects of our work which could be sponsored (have a word with Sandra or me) as well as more music (see below)!

The Programme Book acknowledges that Saturday's concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Havant Orchestras, and works by a playing member and a long-term supporter all of whom we thank most sincerely.  After the excitement of March the music offers very different excitement as four members of our wonderful wind team will be starring as soloists.  The delightful programme is full of melody and invention.  I hope you will be able to resist the call of the lawnmower and the barbecue to come and enjoy it with us.

And there is a treat for you - further excitement as next season's fascinating and varied programme is disclosed!

Tony Gutteridge

Ferneham Hall, Saturday 17 May

6.30 Pre-concert talk by Angela Blackwell in the auditorium - all welcome

Collect a programme for 08-09

Book and CD Sale in the Meon with Bargains galore!

7.30 The Concert
Symphony in G Michael Haydn
Deux Aubades Lalo
Sinfonia Concertante, K297b Mozart
Soloists: Fiona Reeves, Rob Blanken, Allan Mead, Colin Wilson
Interval - 20 minutes
Symphony No 5 in B flat Schubert
9.30 approx end of concert

... and have a safe journey home

Dear Friends of the Havant Orchestras,

As we are sponsoring the concert on Saturday I hope the music will give you much listening pleasure.  The Society's President, Pauline Buzzing invites you to join her in the Octagon Lounge for interval refreshments.

Now, a couple of dates for your diaries. 

A Coffee Morning on Saturday 14 June 10.30-12.30 at 19 Grove Road, Havant.

The Conducting Bursary Auditions at St Faith's Church Hall, The Pallant, Havant on Friday 11 July at 7.00pm.

I shall be writing to you soon with more details of both occasions and look forward to your company on these dates and on Saturday.


BH, Friends' Secretary

Notes from the Conductor.....

Is it Mozart or isn't it?  Two conundrums for our audience on Saturday!  In the case of his 37th Symphony it has now been proved conclusively that it very definitely ISN'T.  We know for certain that Mozart wrote a 20-bar introductory Adagio for this G major symphony six months after its Viennese premiere in May 1783 which reflects Mozart's high regard for the work's actual composer - Michael Haydn, younger brother of the more illustrious Joseph.  More puzzling than the who-wrote-it question is - just why Mozart chose to add this slow introduction.  There is little or no (thematic melodic or rhythmic) linkage between the Adagio and the Allegro which follows as you sometimes find in the ‘London’ symphonies of elder brother Joseph.  Does this introduction add a touch more stature to the work - giving it an imposing start to match the generally serious content of the rest of the symphony? You must judge - I think that most of the players already have strong views!

As for the second conundrum - we know from Mozart's correspondence and documentary evidence that he did indeed write a Sinfonia Concertante for four wind (flute, oboe, bassoon and horn) in 1778 but the score and parts subsequently disappeared.  Mozart certainly intended to reconstruct the piece but is the work we are performing the same revamp, albeit with a different group of soloists (oboe, bassoon, clarinet, horn)?  This manuscript which only came to light in 1869 is not in Mozart's hand and consequently is of dubious authenticity.  On the negative side it is most unusual for Mozart to use the same key in all three movements; repetition of sections and themes makes it appear long-winded and at times a touch shallow for Mozart.  On the positive side the writing for the four soloists is decidedly classy and inventive; the orchestral textures are secure and supportive and the general ‘mode d'esprit’ is of a very confident writer.  So the jury is still out - see what YOU think!

We are making a change in the order of the programme so that our solo clarinettist in the Sinfonia Concertante can also play in the Lalo confections and have a breather before stardom beckons.  We shall therefore begin with the Lalo, then the Michael Haydn+Mozart and before the interval the Sinfonia Concertante.

Schubert's sunny and engaging 5th Symphony in the second half will offer opportunities for other wind players to be under the spotlight and my interpretation will very much follow Schubert's articulation markings rather than those which have become traditional through Sir Thomas Beecham and others.  Back to basics in not a bad idea occasionally and can throw new light on the way music speaks to us.

After the undoubted success of tying the stage curtains back at the last concert and the resulting acoustical improvement, we are repeating the set-up at this concert and hope that the more classical textures of the Chamber Orchestra will benefit similarly.

Peter Craddock

PLEASE use your ‘Guest Ticket’ NOW!!!

There is only ONE more concert for which to use your Guest Ticket.  Don't deprive one of your friends or a family member of their chance to enjoy the Orchestras' music making in July.  Make sure they have not attended a ‘Havant’ concert at Ferneham Hall before, then complete your Voucher and send it to Sandra. 

If you have lost or mislaid your Voucher, a replacement can be supplied on request to 023 9248 3228.  Reservations by post, please.

When the Musical Director made a list of works he plans to include in future seasons he simply had no idea how many players, season ticket holders and friends would respond so quickly and generously to the invitation to sponsor them. 

Needless to say, Peter and the Society's Committee are most grateful for this generous support (to those who will be acknowledged in future programmes and to those who wish to remain anonymous).  However, this amazing result has inspired Peter to add several more works to the shopping list.  Some are for the coming (2008-9) season while others are for future occasions - even up to 2011!

The cost of each set (of a score and all the orchestral parts the orchestras need) ranges between £45 and £170.  If the idea tempts you please have a word with Peter on 023 9248 3228 and he will reveal the works and hope that there is one that you would really love to hear one of our orchestras play.

CDs for the July Concert

Researched by GE

Walton  Façade Suite No 2

  English Northern Philharmonia Lloyd-Jones

  c/w Lambert - Horoscope; Bliss - Checkmate

  Hyperion CDA 66436  Full Price

Nielsen  Violin Concerto

  Kim Sjorgen Danish National Radio SO Schånwandt

  c/w Flute & Clarinet Concertos

  Chandos CHAN 8894  Full Price

Dvorak  Symphony No 5 in B flat

  LSO, Kertesz

  c/w Symphonies 7, 8 & 9 

  Decca 467 472-2  2 ?Bargain Price discs.

A Special Musical Event

Friday 11 July at 7.30pm

The Victory Hall, WARSASH

A Recital of Classical and Latin American Music

by J S Bach, Torroba, Walton, Martin and Rojas

to be played by

Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas

Ahmed is Cuban, has studied with Carlos Bonell and is now a post-grad student at the Guildhall School.  The proceeds from the recital will be devoted to Ahmed's future studies.

The recital is promoted by residents in Warsash who introduced Guo Chang and Guo Qing to the Orchestras some years ago.

Tickets £10.00 from 01489 584788

Coming on Saturday all being well

Next Season's Brochure!

HSO at Hayling Island, 27 September

Our Bob Harding Bursary Holder, Christian Ludwig has been offered a professional engagement on 27 September and as it was impossible change the date however hard we tried, we have released him from his contract with HSO with our very best wishes. 

However, one of our former Bursary Holders is available and has agreed to conduct in Christian's place.  Full details of conductor and programme will be revealed in the next Newsletter.



The CD contains Maurice Blower's Symphony in C, Elgar's Wand of Youth Suite No 2 and Brahms' Academic Festival Overture which HSO played on 29 March.  It is a very fine recording of some really excellent performances.  It is also the first CD the Orchestras' have made and the only recording in their history that has been made available to audience members and friends. 

Previously LP recordings were produced in very small quantities, for players only, some 40 years ago.

The cost of the disc is £7.00, payable to HADOS on delivery as they will be produced to order.  To request a copy or copies, there will be order forms at Ferneham Hall on Saturday or you may call Sandra - after the concert, please - if you are not able to come.




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

enormous selection at BARGAIN prices

10% of Sale Price to Orchestra Funds


N.B.  There is a change of date - the ‘December’ concert is a week earlier than usual and is in NOVEMBER!

Saturday 18 October 2008  HCO

Sinfonia in E flat Op 9 No 2J C Bach
Concertino Pastorale for stringsIreland
Violin Concerto No 5 in AMozart
Soloist: Thomas Gould
Symphony No 44, TrauerHaydn

Saturday 29 November 2008  HSO

Overture In AutumnGrieg
Norwegian Rhapsody No 1Svendsen
Piano Concerto No 2 in C minorRachmaninov
Soloist: Katya Apekisheva
Symphony No 6 in C minorGlazunov

Saturday 7 February 2009  HCO

Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo
from Midsummer Night's Dream
Suite Masques et BergamasquesFauré
Piano Concerto No 2 in G minorSaint Saëns
Soloist: Karen Kingsley
Symphony No 1 in DGounod

Saturday 29 March 2009  HSO

Overture Merry Wives of WindsorNicolai
Scènes Historiques Suite 1 Sibelius
Cello Concerto in D minorLalo
Soloist: Richard Harwood
Symphony No 3, RhenishSchumann

Saturday 16 May 2009  HCO

Overture EgmontBeethoven
Pastoral SuiteLars-Erik Larsson
Violin Concerto No 1 in G minorBruch
Soloist: Alexander Sitkovetsky
Arietta for StringsNorman dello Joio
Symphony No 4 in B flatGade

Saturday 4 July 2009  HSO

Overture on Three Russian Themes  Balakirev
Piano Concerto No 1 in D minorBrahms
Soloist: Andrew Brownell
Symphony No 3 in C, SingulièreBerwald

Season Tickets:

£74.00; 63.00; 50.00; 30.00;

Students 50% reduction;  Under 19s in full-time education £5.00

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