2016 Concert

30 October 2016 - Cadogan Hall, London

The Violin section during the 2016 Concert The Violin section during the 2016 Concert

This year's concert continued our highly successful run at Cadogan Hall in London on Sunday 30th October 2016. The course was held during the half-term week, Wednesday 26th October to Sunday 30th October at Dame Alice Owen's School, Potters Bar.

We were delighted to invite the winner of our most recent Composing Composition, Sebastian Skelly, to compose a new work, "Nineteen Twenty-six", to celebrate HM the Queen 90th Birthday. The new piece was extremely well received, prompting a standing ovation as Seb joined the Orchestra on stage.

The concert opened with Brahms's "Academic Festival Overture" and also provided students an opportunity to enjoy playing the ever popular "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky. This well known work was originally written for Piano and later orchestrated by Maurice Ravel.

The highlight of this year's programme was the 1943 composition "Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber" by Paul Hindemith. Written in America, shortly after Hindemith fled Nazi Germany where his music had been banned and labelled as "degenerate"; this is Hindemith's most popular work and was originally intended to be a ballet. The work combines the Romantic themes of Weber with the far more adventurous harmony and orchestration of the mid 20th Century. This challenging work was mastered by the Orchestra and provided a showcase to our 22nd annual concert.

The Orchestra also performed Antoli Lyadov's magical tone poem "The Enchanted Lake"

Full Programme
  • Johannes Brahms - Academic Festival Overture
  • Paul Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
  • Sebastian Skelly - Nineteen Twenty-six
  • Antoli Lyadov - The Enchanted Lake
  • M. Mussorgsky arr. Ravel - Pictures at an Exhibition

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Cadogan Hall 30th October 2016 - Click here to see all photos.

Photos by Alex McNaughton