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Please note that all programmes, dates and venues are subject to change

The 2017/18 Season in Prospect

The season will open at Holy Innocents in Fallowfield on November 11th with an evening of French music. Roussel’s first symphony which is, in fact, a series of tone poems called Le Poeme de la Foret, will be the opening piece. Many critics view Roussel as one of France’s finest symphonists and this work testifies to that claim. It is a tuneful, colourful and atmospheric piece in which aspects of the forest in each of the four seasons are portrayed. Listeners may note that some of the harmonies which Roussel employed are reminiscent of his contemporary, Debussy. This impression –one might say impressionism - will be confirmed immediately afterwards when the orchestra performs Debusssy’s Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra, a piece which one writer has called ‘exotic and adventurous.’ The second half of the concert will be devoted to Bizet’s ever-popular L’Arlessiene Suites, a collection of musical items he had written for a play of the same name.  The play has disappeared from the repertoire but not, thankfully, this delightful music.

On January 27th we will be performing in Christ Church Didsbury. The concert will open with Dvorak’s dramatic tone poem The Noon Witch, the music for which is far more endearing than the story behind it. Hummel’s famous Trumpet Concerto follows. It is probably the best loved trumpet concerto after Haydn’s. The second half will be devoted to Tchaikovsky’s valedictory sixth symphony. This piece is, quite simply, one of the most moving in the entire repertoire.

A celebration of English music will be at the heart of our concert in Holy Innocents on April 14th. In recognition of the centenary of his death, the orchestra will perform Parry’s inventive and resourceful Symphonic Variations. Best known for his choral compositions, Parry was also a talented orchestral composer much influenced by the great master Brahms. The variations are Brahmsian, but Parry adds his own distinctive voice.  The concert will also include Elgar’s colourful and evocative Sea Pictures for mezzo soprano and orchestra. Vaughan Williams’s magnificent London Symphony completes the programme. This is the only place you are likely to hear the chimes of Big Ben in 2018 unless there is a change of mind by the authorities.

Our annual concert at the Royal Northern College of Music, the climax of the season, will be held on June 9th  and will consist in three of the most popular works in the repertoire. The concert will open with Rossini’s lively overture to the Barber of Seville. One of the greatest of all violin concertos, Tchaikovsky’s, follows and after the interval the orchestra will perform Sibelius’s splendid second symphony.
Details have yet to be finalised, but the orchestra intends to organise a chamber concert to be held in early July. Please keep an eye on this website for further information.

Concert Dates for 2017/18 Season
Date Venue Details Charity Soloist
Saturday November 11th 2017 Holy Innocents
Bizet, L’Arlesienne Suites
Debussy, Rhapsody for Sax and Orchestra
Roussel, Le Poeme de la Foret (Symphony No. 1)
    
Médecins Sans Frontičres
Hannah Corcoran
Saturday January 27th 2018 Christ Church Dvorak, The Noon Witch
Hummel, Trumpet Concerto
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 
MND Association Daniel
Tarrant
Saturday April 14th 2018 Holy Innocents
Parry, Symphonic Variations
Elgar, Sea Pictures
Vaughan Williams, Symphony No 2 (London)
Endometriosis UK
Saturday June 9th 2018 RNCM
Rossini, Overture to The Barber of Seville
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto
Sibelius, Symphony No.2


Tuesday July 3rd 2018 TBA Chamber Concert

Tuesday July 10th 2018 TBA AGM