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Saturday 12th February 2022  7.30pm
Conductor:  Robin Browning
Covid precautions will be in effect, with reduced audience numbers, and with socially distanced seating.  As numbers will be restricted, we recommend booking tickets in advance. There will be no pre-concert talk.  There will be a short interval after the concerto but no refreshments will be provided, although players and audience members are welcome to bring their own.  See the news page for latest information. 

A French Affair

Le roi s’amuse: Six airs de danse – Delibes

Cello Concerto in A minor – Saint-Saëns
Soloist: Mikhail Lezdkan

Pavane – Fauré

Symphony No. 1 in D major – Gounod

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Havant Chamber Orchestra present a programme of beautiful and dramatic classics by French composers – most of them not heard nearly as often as they should be!

Delibes was well-known for his music for theatre and ballet and we open the concert with dances from his compositions for “Le roi s’amuse” (“The King has fun”) – a play by Victor Hugo.

The “Pavane” by Faure is a piece you will recognise, but the Symphony No. 1 by Gounod, perhaps less so.  Gounod was a prolific composer of songs and this influence can be heard in his first Symphony which is graceful and refined throughout.

The centrepiece of our programme is the Cello Concerto by Saint-Saëns.  Unusually structured as a single movement with varied sections, the composer said that this piece was inspired by Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and it provides ample opportunity for both virtuosic display and lyrical indulgence by the soloist.  After his thrilling performance of Tchaikovsky with us in February 2020, we’re delighted to be able to welcome back Hampshire-based Mikhail Lezdkan to perform the Saint-Saëns.

Mikhail Lezdkan  (click for larger photo)
Holy Trinity Church is at: West Street, Fareham, PO16 0EL (click to view in Google Maps)

It is less than ten minutes’ walk from Fareham Railway Station and less than five minutes’ walk from Fareham Bus Station.  There is parking behind the Church off Western Road (use postcode PO16 0NT for directions) and close by at Malthouse Lane and Trinity Street car parks – free of charge after 18:00 on Saturdays. 

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