The Northern Chamber Orchestra is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated opening concerts of its 2023-24 season, featuring a captivating programme that promises to delight classical music enthusiasts. Led by the esteemed violinist Sarah Brandwood-Spencer, the concerts take place at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight (Friday 13 October 7.30pm), The King’s School in Macclesfield (Saturday 14 October 7.30pm) and Storyhouse in Chester (Sunday 15 October 3.30pm).
The concerts will commence with the timeless brilliance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s majestic Emperor concerto, showcasing the virtuosity of the renowned pianist Martin Roscoe. Known for his captivating interpretations and masterful command of the keyboard, Roscoe’s performances are set to leave the audiences spellbound. The Emperor, with its triumphant melodies and powerful orchestral passages, remains one of Beethoven’s most celebrated compositions.
In addition to Beethoven’s masterpiece, the concert will feature Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, affectionately known as the London. Haydn’s genius is evident in the symphony’s inventive melodies and sophisticated orchestration, which have secured its place as one of the composer’s most beloved works.
As an homage to American composer Charles Ives, the Northern Chamber Orchestra will present Ives’ The Unanswered Question. This thought-provoking piece, with its juxtaposition of different musical layers and contemplative themes, challenges the listener to ponder the mysteries of existence and the search for meaning.
Under the leadership of the dynamic and accomplished Sarah Brandwood-Spencer, the Northern Chamber Orchestra will infuse each composition with their trademark precision, expressive artistry, and unwavering dedication to musical excellence. Brandwood-Spencer’s mastery of the violin and her keen sense of musical interpretation have earned her widespread acclaim, making her a highly sought-after soloist on the international stage.
“We are thrilled to open our 2023-24 season with such an exquisite programme,” said Siobhan Parker, Marketing Manager of the Northern Chamber Orchestra. “The combination of Beethoven’s Emperor, Haydn’s London, and Ives’ The Unanswered Question promises an evening of profound musical experiences. We are honoured to have Martin Roscoe and Sarah Brandwood-Spencer join us for these extraordinary performances, and we invite all music lovers to join us for an unforgettable concert.”
Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ncorch.co.uk or by calling 0161 706 1990 (01244 409113 for Chester).