Vivaldi Concerto for four violins in B minor | Finzi Dies Natalis | Grainger Molly on the Shore | Elgar Serenade for Strings | Bach Concerto for two violins
Our December concert comprises baroque masterpieces and 20th century string music and opens with a chance to show off four of our wonderful violinists in Vivaldi’s B minor quadruple violin concerto. Finzi’s richly textured Dies Natalis closes the first half with the strings accompanying the internationally renowned tenor, Nicholas Mulroy. The text of the piece reflects the joy and wonder of a newborn child’s innocent perspective on the world, a metaphor perhaps for the season! After the interval and a glass of something warming, we have the delightful Molly on the Shore by Percy Grainger, followed by Elgar’s elegiac masterpiece, the Serenade for Strings. The concert is brought to a close by one of the best loved works of all time – Bach’s Concerto for two violins played by our leader Nicholas Ward and our principal 2nd violin, Simon Gilks.