A New Dawn Rises
Arnold Sinfonietta no.1 Op.48
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major K.622
Elgar Serenade for Strings Op. 20
James Manson Lord Chainsaw’s Last Stand
Haydn Symphony No.83 (“La Poule”)
We return to Romiley for the first time since 2020, with a concert full of joyful pieces to welcome in the spring and wave goodbye to winter. Our principal clarinet Elizabeth Jordan gives us her fine interpretation of Mozart’s gorgeous Clarinet Concerto in A major on the basset clarinet, for which the piece was originally written. This follows an ebullient opener in the form of Malcolm Arnold’s Sinfonietta No. 1.
Elgar’s serenade of 1892 was originally rejected by his publisher. Now it is a jewel of the string orchestra repertoire. We end with Haydn’s Symphony No. 83, from his Paris Symphony cycle. Being the only work in the set posed in a minor key, its subdued character juxtaposed against the near humorous Poule theme in the first movement makes this work a concert hall favorite.
The concert will also include our farewell to our long standing Artistic Director Nicholas Ward, written by composer in residence James Manson.
The concert will be in conjunction with an education project in Stockport schools, and will be particularly of interest to anyone studying GCSE music this year. We thank Stockport software company CDL for their generous support of the concert.