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Wymondham Symphony Orchestra concert Preview

Adrienne Cleary Published: 01 March 2022

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A group photo of orchestra members
Photo credit: wymondhamsymphonyorchestra.org.uk

Wymondham Symphony Orchestra Concert, 'A French Connection', will be held on Saturday 2nd April from 7.30pm in Central Hall.

At last, with great excitement, the orchestra is back in full. Following our very successful concert to an invited audience last November, we are rehearsing for our first ticketed public concert in two years. The music selected is of a particularly colourful instrumentation, rich in harmony and vibrant in rhythm written by three wonderful French composers and we can't wait to perform it to our audience.

We begin with The Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz. This is one of his most popular pieces scored for a large orchestra and features a prominent and famous solo for the cor anglais. It is brilliantly orchestrated and of a most extrovert nature. This is followed by the Sylvia Suite by Delibes, a typical classical ballet suite but with a remarkable score, varied and rich with pronounced use of brass and wind instruments, including an alto saxophone and harp. 

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Tchaikovsky who had written Swan Lake just before Sylvia was first performed preferred it to his own work, calling his own masterpiece, "poor stuff in comparison."

The final work is Symphony in D minor by César Franck. This is his best known work and unusual in being in three movements instead of the usual four. The score calls for two flutes, two oboes, cor anglais, two soprano clarinets, bass clarinet, two bassoons, four horns, two cornets, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba, three timpani, harp and strings. It has a particularly haunting melody in the second movement played by the cor anglais above plucked harp and strings.

We are looking forward to seeing you all. Tickets are available through our website wymondhamsymphonyorchestra.org.uk at a cost of £12 (£10 Friends of the WSO) and children are free.

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