Sunday 21st January 2018  – 7pm

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MARTINU -Nonet

RAVEL (arr. Renz) – Le Tombeau de Couperin

WALTON – Façade

Reciters – Richard Sisson and Lizzie Byrne

Conductor – Rebecca Miller

United Reformed Church, Water Lane, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2JZ

The intimate amphitheatre of the United Reformed Church provides the perfect setting for this concert showcasing smaller groups from the orchestra. The concert culminates in a performance of William Walton’s Façade, a unique and iconic setting of the poetry of Edith Sitwell that also showcases the composer’s dazzling skills as an instrumental composer, and performed with authentic acoustic megaphones. We are thrilled to welcome the renowned pianist, composer, and charismatic presenter Richard Sisson, pianist with the famed caberet duo ‘Kit and the Widow’ for 30 years (and with whom he recorded Façade), and who wrote the music for Alan Bennett’s plays ‘The History Boys’ at the National Theatre and ‘The Lady and the Van’ with Dame Maggie Smith. Richard’s performances of Walton’s Façade have become renowned internationally for their incredible virtuosity and refined and engaging entertainment. The first half includes a wonderful arrangement of Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin for eleven players written for members of the Berlin Philharmonic by German arranger Wolfgang Renz, and Martinu’s witty and melodious Nonet, one of his final works which sees him at the height of his powers.

Tickets: £16 Full/£5 students/Free for under 18s  –  Early bird discount: Full price tickets available for £13 if bought online by midnight on Thursday 18th January.

Sunday 18th March 2018  –  7pm

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MOZART – Overture to Cosi fan tutte

MENDELSSOHN – Violin Concerto

BARTOK – Romanian Folk Dances

HAYDN – Symphony no. 99

Violin – Charlie Lovell-Jones

Conductor – Jonathan Mann

All Saints Church, Stansted Road,   Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2DY

We welcome guest conductor Jonathan Mann to make his debut with the orchestra, in a sparkling programme. Charlie Lovell-Jones joins us for Mendelssohn’s ever popular Violin Concerto. Following his appearance in the string final in the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, Charlie’s busy concert schedule has already included concerto appearances with the BBCNOW, English Chamber Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra. This is the centre piece in an uplifting programme of joyous music from Mozart, Bartok and Haydn.

Tickets: £16 Full/£5 students/Free for under 18s  –  Early bird discount: Full price tickets available for £13 if bought online by midnight on Thursday 15th March.

Sunday 20th May 2018  –   7pm

Ruth

DEBUSSY – Prélude à l’Aprés-midi d’une Faun

TAILLEFERRE – Concertino for Harp

BRAHMS – Symphony no. 2

Harp – Ruth Bennett

Conductor – Rebecca Miller

All Saints Church, Stansted Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2DY

We are delighted to be able to present Ruth Bennett, Principal Harp  of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan, who visits us from Mexico for a  rare performance of the Harp Concertino by the female French composer Germaine Tailleferre. The concert opens with Debussy’s sensuous Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un Faun, widely held up as a turning point in music history, and concludes with Johannes Brahms’s expansive and lyrical Second Symphony, sometimes subtitled his pastoral symphony.

Tickets: £16 Full/£5 students/Free for under 18s  –  Early bird discount: Full price tickets available for £13 if bought online by midnight on Thursday 17th May.

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