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!