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Oaklands Catholic School,
Waterlooville (Click here for directions)


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Saturday 13th July 2024  7.30pm
Conductor:  James Thomas*

Summer Evening Concert

Three Dances from “The Bartered Bride” – Smetana
Conductor: Enyi Okpara

Cello Concerto – Elgar
Soloist: Joseph Spooner

Symphony No. 1 in C minor – Brahms

* Musical director Jonathan Butcher is unfortunately indisposed, so recent Bursary holder James Thomas is conducting in his place. 

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Oaklands School Hall
Oaklands School Hall

The most famous piece for cello and orchestra has to be the Concerto by Edward Elgar.  Written in the aftermath of the first world war, it encapsulates a sense of the tragedy of war.  We are delighted to welcome Joseph Spooner as soloist for the concerto. 

The concert is completed by two more very famous works – music from the opera ‘The Bartered Bride’ by Smetana and Symphony No. 1 by Brahms.  Smetana’s comic opera is about village life and makes extensive use of lively Czech folk music.  Brahms was famously reluctant to commit himself to writing a symphony as he felt himself very much in the shadow of Beethoven but the result was definitely worth the wait!

Joseph Spooner  (click for full photo)

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