SUNDAY 3rd APRIL
We started in Vienna with Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" Overture.
Grieg' s evocative music for the play "Peer Gynt" takes us from Norway to the north coast of Africa before returning via a tempestuous sea voyage to his homeland after many years. Solveig, the girl he left behind many years before, sings a song of forgiveness.
Bizet's score for the play L'Arlesienne has long outlasted the stage version. The tragic story of a French youth and his fateful love for a girl from the local town of Arles pulls at the heartstrings.
Finally MacCunn's vivid evocation of the mountains and scenery of Scotland rounded off the Concert.
CONCERT at 3pm on SUNDAY 5 DECEMBER 2021
Images - Courtesy of Nick Tredwell
It was lovely to be back in front of an Audience at the Memorial Centre in New Milton.
The concert started with a Fanfare by our Horn section : The Earl of Oxford's March .
Extracts from two Mozart Serenades followed.
Elgar's sublime "Serenade for Strings" was played to a hushed audience. It was very gratifying that afterwards a few Wind players said how moved they had been - especially in the slow Movement. We don't ofetn hear that as amateur players.
The "Strauss Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments" followed - played with gusto at times - interspersed with some lovely lyrical playing.
Finally we came together for Haydn Symphony 104 - his last. It was such a joy to be joining forces again. The excitement was palpable - especially in the last movement which took off at break-neck speed.
THE CONCERT THAT NEVER WAS!
It might have happened in March 2020... but it didn't!
As we all know, the world changed - and we are left only with this poster as a souvenir of the concert that never was.