22nd MARCH ALL SAINTS MILFORD ON SEA
Tragic Overture Johannes Brahms
Adagio for Clarinet and Strings Heinrich Baermann
Little Suite for Orchestra Malcolm Arnold
Symphony No 6 Dvorak
8th JULY ST THOMAS' CHURCH LYMINGTON
AN AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA
The New Forest Orchestra presented “An Afternoon at the Opera” at 3.30pm on Sunday 27th November at Ballard School. The Concert featured Overtures and Suites from popular Operas plus familiar Arias.
The Concert started with the Overture to Humperdinck’s Fairy Tale Opera “Hansel and Gretel”. At the beginning the Horn Quartet play the delightful and famous “Evening Prayer” before the orchestra take over with themes representing the Dew Fairy, the witch, the children brought back to life, before the Evening Prayer theme returns in a peaceful conclusion.
Arias sung by local Soprano Sally Prince included Rusalka’s “ Song to the Moon” and the delightful “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi”. Sally was joined by mezzo-soprano Victoria Hopkins (who also plays the Horn in the Orchestra when not singing) for the famous “Flower Duet” and Offenbach’s “Barcarolle”.
There was an Orchestral Suite featuring the ever-popular themes from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera”
Finally a trip to Seville for a Suite from Bizet’s Carmen, included Sally singing the famous Habanera. The concert was rounded off by the stirring “Barber of Seville” Overture by Rossini.
At ST THOMAS' CHURCH , LYMINGTON 9th JULY 2022
We returned to St Thomas' Church for the first time since the Pandemic.
Long-standing Orchestra Member Siubhan O'Neill played Capuzzi's Double Bass Concerto.
Dvorak's Eighth Symphony brims with one gorgeous melody after another.
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
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 often 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.
Images - Courtesy of Nick Tredwell
THE CONCERT THAT NEVER WAS !
It might have happened in March 2020... but it didn't!
As we all know, Covid changed the world - and we are left only with this poster as a souvenir of the concert that never was.