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

The 2016/17 Season in Prospect

We begin this year’s programme with a concert of shorter, lighter pieces amongst which will be found that oddity of an overture by an otherwise completely obscure Scottish composer, Hamish MacCunn, The Land of the Mountain and the Flood which became a favourite when used as the theme for the BBC series  Sutherland’s Law. It is not the only piece we play that found fame this way because we also perform the Adagio from Khachaturian’s ballet Sparticus heard as the titles rolled for The Onedin Line in the 1970s. Also in the programme will be The Carmen Suite no.1 of Bizet and the Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky two perennial concert favourites.

Early in December we become more serious with Brahms’ Fourth Symphony, described when first heard played as a piano duet by the critic Hanslick as ‘like being beaten around the head by two intellectuals’. Actually I would contend that to our 21st century ears this Brahms piece has more consolation and warmth than pugilism. But that last chaconne movement must be one of the great moments in the repertoire – and after Glinka, Massenet and the delights of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations for Cello and orchestra – what a concert!

In February we play the 7th Symphony of the ever positive and tuneful Dvorak after a first half of old classics from our namesake, Beethoven, his Leonora Overture no.3 and Mozart’s fourth Horn Concerto. The early work of Janacek, his Lachian Dances, completes the programme.

In April we are to move to France for a programme of late nineteenth and early twentieth century works. The chromaticism of the great Frank Symphony and the modalism of the Faure Ballade set the stage for the brilliantly original impressionistic musical language in the Debussy Prelude L'apres midi d'une faune and the wonderfully quirky Les Biches by Poulenc.

Our final concert in the RNCM Concert Hall is a most attractive programme beginning with Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture. We follow with arguably the most loved of all concertos, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and finally the very grand and highly expressive Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky written in a spirit of optimism and confidence before his final downward path to pessimism in No. 6 The Pathetique.
Concert Dates for 2016/17 Season
Date Venue Details Charity Soloist
Saturday December 3rd 2016 Christ Church, Didsbury
Rehearsal at 2.00pm
Concert at 7.30pm

Leader: Gina Copnell

Glinka, A Life for the Czar Overture
Massenet, Scenes Pittoresques
Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme
Brahms, Symphony No. 4



Saturday February 4th 2017 Holy Innocents, Fallowfield
Rehearsal at 2.00pm
Concert at 7.30pm


Beethoven, Leonora Overture No. 3
Mozart, Horn Concerto No.4
Janacek, Lachian Dances
Dvorak, Symphony No.7



Saturday April 1st 2017 Christ Church, Didsbury
Rehearsal at 2.00pm
Concert at 7.30pm

Poulenc, Les BIches
Debussy, Prelude de l’Apres Midi
Faure, Ballade for Piano & Orchestra
Franck, Symphony



Saturday June 10th 2017 RNCM Rehearsal at 2.00pm
Concert at 7.30pm

Borodin, Prince Igor Overture
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.5



Tuesday July 4th 2017 TBA Chamber Concert


Tuesday July 11th 2017 TBA AGM