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Newsletter for October 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

October 2017 Newsletter

From the Chairman …

Welcome to the 2017-18 season of the Havant Orchestras!

This year our pre-season “Popular Classics” concert with last year’s Bob Harding bursary conductor Tom Griffin was a week later than usual, so we are still humming tunes from “Die Fledermaus” as we start to prepare for our next concert.  We always enjoy working with the young conductors and seeing them grow in confidence and experience.  Tom enjoyed his time with us and we wish him success in his continuing musical career.  We are looking forward to working with our new bursary holder Richard Miller during the coming season.

Our Havant Chamber Orchestra concert at Ferneham Hall on Saturday is centred around a delightful late work by Richard Strauss featuring our wind soloists Robert Blanken (clarinet) and Richard Moore (bassoon) as “The Princess” and “The Bear” respectively!  The work also features a group of solo string players in addition to a harp and the rest of the strings.

For more about the works, see Robin’s Notes from the Conductor below.  Note that the order of the Fauré and Elgar works has been shuffled compared with the original sequence shown on the posters, to allow the soloists a short break to prepare during Elgar’s “Sospiri”, which is for strings and harp only.

In addition to the HCO main concerts this season, we are also planning another visit to Emsworth Baptist Church for an HCO strings concert on 10th March 2018, as a follow-up to our very well-received concert last season.  Further details will be published soon.

Jonathan Scott     Tel: 023 8026 1372

Saturday 14th October’s Programme

at Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Rob and Richard

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
Masques et Bergamasques Fauré
Sospiri Elgar
  Soloists: Rob Blanken, Richard Moore
Richard Strauss
    Interval – 20 minutes
Pavane Fauré
Symphony No 5 in B flat Schubert
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 the Richard Strauss Duet-Concertino.

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 Jessica and Charlotte Blunn from Bay House and Crofton Schools.

Notes from the conductor

Welcome to the beginning of another fine season with Havant Chamber Orchestra, as we continue our regular series at Ferneham Hall, Fareham and our association with Emsworth Baptist Church with a second visit in the spring. 

This October we bring you our usual eclectic mix of well- and lesser-known works.  Extending our mini-survey of Richard Strauss in the previous season, I'm really delighted to perform his Duet–Concertino featuring two of the orchestra’s wind principals, Robert Blanken and Richard Moore.  Both lyrical and rhythmical, typical of Strauss, it also brings a harp onto our stage for the first time in my association with HCO. With that in mind, I’ve seized the chance to explore that sound by programming works by Faure and Elgar to join with the Strauss.

Masques et Bergamasques, Fauré’s 1919 four-movement suite, combines elegant and simple orchestral textures (contrasting perfectly with the richness of Strauss) with perfume and colour throughout this set of dances which include minuet, gavotte and pastorale.  Also by Fauré, the ever-famous Pavane opens the second half of our concert. No matter how many times I conduct this work it never loses its appeal. Again, the composer weaves the most effective of aural textures using very clean orchestration and harmonic spacing: a great example of less is more in orchestral music. We perform the version without the chorus, which I much prefer for both musical and practical reasons.

Before the Concertino, the harp combines with dark, and sometimes shimmering strings for Elgar’s moving “Sospiri”.  One of the composer’s more profound utterings, Sospiri (meaning “sighs” in Italian) was written in 1914 and is understandably imbued with that instantly recognisable, deep melancholy that only Elgar could find.

After the interval and the Pavane, Schubert’s spontaneous, effusive 5th symphony completes our season launch – another composer who writes with lean, lithe textures and great rhythmic power.  Written for small orchestra, without timpani, trumpets or clarinets, it gives at least one of our two soloists a rest after their earlier concerto.

I hope you’ll be able to join us throughout the year and particularly at the start of our season to enjoy such a diverse mix of stunning music, and thank you for your continuing support of the orchestra.

Robin Browning

CD recommendations for the works in this concert

Sourced by Gordon Egerton (Clarinet)

Fauré – Pavane and Masques et Bergamasques
Both on the same disc by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Yan Pascal Tortelier
(c/w other orchestral works by Faure).
Chandos CHAN 9416 £12.75.   

Strauss – Duet Concertino
Peter Schmidl and Michael Werba, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn
(c/w Oboe Concerto and the 2 Horn Concertos).
DG 4534892 £11.75.

Elgar – Sospiri
Sinfonia of London, Sir John Barbirolli
(c/w  Introduction and Allegro, Serenade, and Elegy for strings, Vaughan Williams Greensleeves Fantasia and Tallis Fantasia, and Delius Brigg Fair).
Warner Classics Masters 0851872 £8.50.

Schubert – Symphony No 5
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Bohm
(c/w Beethoven no.6).
DG 4474332 £8.50.

(Prices quoted are from the Presto Classical website).

Christmas Concert!

There will be a concert entitled “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” at Hayling Island Community Centre on Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm.

The concert will be performed by the Chichester University Concert Orchestra who are very generously donating the proceeds to HADOS.  Some HSO players will be joining in and we are sharing the organisation of the event so do come along and enjoy some Christmas favourites — it promises to be a superb evening and will (hopefully!) contribute to our funds.

Tickets will be on sale online and at the Community Centre soon — keep an eye on our website for the latest information!

Stella Scott     Tel: 023 8026 1372

Christmas Concert at Hayling Island Community Centre 16th December 2017

December concert

HSO Concert at Oaklands School 2nd December 2017

Other concerts
by local orchestras

Sunday 15th October, 4.00 pm
St Thomas’ Church, Lymington
Marchwood Orchestra
Concert with St Nicholas Singers

Saturday 21st October, 7.30pm
St Thomas’ Cathedral, Portsmouth
Solent Symphony Orchestra
Vaughan Williams, Dvorak

Tuesday 24th October, 1.10pm
St Paul’s Church, Chichester
Chichester Symphony Orchestra
Mozart, Schumann

Thursday 16th November, 7.30pm
Petersfield Festival Hall
Petersfield Orchestra
Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Dvorak

Sunday 19th November, 7:30pm
New Hall, Winchester College
Winchester Symphony Orchestra
Lyadov, Walton, Rachmaninov

Other musical events

courtesy of Music in Portsmouth

Saturday 21st October, 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church, Petersfield
Renaissance Choir
Beethoven, MacMillan, Palestrina

Tuesday 24th October, 7.00pm
St Peter’s Church, Hayling Island
Voskresenije Russian Choir

Saturday 28th October, 7.30pm
St James’ Church, West End
Southampton Choral Society
Russian and American music

Saturday 28th October, 7.30pm
St George’s Church, Waterlooville
Opera Comique
Gilbert and Sullivan Evening

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

Society contact information

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


Contact information can be found on the Contacts page within this web site.

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