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Spring Concert 2010

Saturday 27 March 2010
St Mary’s Church, Banbury
Music by Walton, Elgar and Arnold

Programme £1

Elgar Nursery suite Elgar's charming 'Nursery Suite' is in fact one of his last compositions . It has violent outbursts of brass and percussion and. . Walton is one of Britain's most successful composers.Welcome to our concert! Hello and welcome to our Spring 2010 concert. Pachelbel. Interval Arnold Symphony No. Hook Norton featuring music by Mendelssohn. Thanks again for being with us.4 Arnold's Symphony No. Elgar and Arnold : Walton Spitfire Prelude and Fugue Walton's 'Spitfire Prelude and Fugue' was written for a film about the designer of the Spitfire fighter aircraft called The First of the Few. Our programme this evening comprises some wonderful 20th-century symphonic music by Walton. 6pm for our Family concert of “Music from the Movies” and on Saturday 15 May. Vaughan Williams and Beethoven. and please make a note in your diary to join us again at St Mary’s on Saturday 10 July 2010.4.30pm for our Chamber Orchestra Concert at St Peter’s Church. 7. in places.and has everything that makes his music so popular. especially for film music. and this piece tells a fine story while at the same time being a successful concert piece in its own right. which features Caribbean instruments and rhythms was inspired by the 1958 Notting Hill race-riots. is reminiscent of Bernstein's West Side Story.

Oxford. singing and piano as a student but his main instrument was the French horn. Jenny leads a busy life as Principal Lecturer in Accounting at Coventry University. including the Banbury Symphony Orchestra. Paul now combines class teaching with conducting various ensembles. and has subsequently always played an active part in local orchestras and other musical ensembles wherever she has lived. She led her County Youth and University Symphony Orchestras. both adult and youth. He was a member of The Five Winds. he gained his Performance Diploma from The Royal College of Music playing French horn. . a group that performed both at home and abroad. and studied for his teaching certificate in Music and Physical Education at Reading University. He has given solo recitals and performed concertos throughout the country. the Cherwell Orchestra and a quartet. Paul also worked as a brass teacher for Oxfordshire Music Service and was director of a Saturday Music School of 200 students. Jenny Maynard . Paul is currently acting deputy head teacher at Didcot Girls’ School.Leader Jenny Maynard started playing the violin at the age of eight. together with other professional accountancy appointments plus plenty of playing. For several years Paul combined teaching and freelance playing. He is also in demand as an adjudicator for both adult and student competitions. When Paul was 16. Anna Fleming will return to the position of Leader in the summer.Paul Willett – Conductor Paul Willett studied violin. She has recently studied the violin with Roger Coull of the Coull Quartet. Paul then went on to read music on scholarship at The Queen’s College. and also on BBC radio.

but it was with orchestral symphonic works and the oratorio Belshazzar's Feast that he gained international recognition. chamber music and ceremonial music.Walton Spitfire Prelude and Fugue Sir William Turner Walton OM (29 March 1902 – 8 March 1983) During World War II. The Walton score was played with no sound effects of aircraft motors or gunfire. The music was orchestrated and conducted by Walton's friend and colleague Malcolm Arnold. one segment of the Walton score. titled The Battle in the Air. Walton’s style was influenced by the works of Stravinsky and Prokofiev as well as jazz music. Walton was also commissioned to write the score for the 1969 film Battle of Britain. which framed the climactic air battles of 15 September 1940. Walton was granted leave from military service in order to compose music for The First of the Few (1942). In the end. His earliest works. as well as notable film scores. which Winston Churchill encouraged Olivier to adapt as if it were a piece of morale-boosting propaganda. and Laurence Olivier's adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V (1944). lyrical quality. who also secretly helped Walton compose several sequences. and is characterized by rhythmic vitality. giving this sequence a transcendent. His output includes orchestral and choral works. . especially Edith Sitwell's Façade brought him notoriety as a modernist. sweeping Romantic melody and brilliant orchestration. was retained in the final cut. bittersweet harmony.

Aubade (Awake) 2. There are seven movements and a coda: 1. The Merry Doll 7.Elgar's Nursery Suite Image ©AFW The Nursery Suite is one of the last compositions by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934). The Wagon (Passes) 6. Dreaming – Envoy (Coda) . The Sad Doll 5. Busy-ness 4. The Serious Doll 3. Like Elgar's Wand of Youth Suites it makes use of sketches from the composer’s childhood.

The Nursery Suite was one of the first pieces of orchestral music to receive its première in a recording studio (Kingsway Hall.The composition of The Nursery Suite came about when Elgar mentioned in September 1930 to HMV (the Gramophone Company) that he had lately run across a box of musical sketches from the days of his youth. The suite was dedicated to Princess Margaret. HMV suggested that as Master of the King's Musick he might suitably draw on them for a work to mark the recent birth of Princess Margaret Rose (then fourth in line to the throne). Most of the movements appear light. in the style of The Wand of Youth suites. London) rather than a concert hall. all but the two last movements were recorded under the baton of the composer. her older sister Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) and their mother. The piece takes about 25 minutes to perform. Anthony Payne drew on the form of this movement for the ending of his elaboration of the Third Symphony sketches. when ‘the wheels go over my head’. and predominantly sunny in character. and her parents. The choreographer Frederick Ashton used The Nursery Suite for a new ballet (his last) in 1986 for the Queen’s sixtieth birthday gala. . aged 4. The last two movements were added when the whole suite was performed on 4 June 1931 before an invited audience including Princess Elizabeth. At its première on 23 May 1931. Some commentators have made an exception of 'The Wagon (Passes)': the Elgar authority Michael Kennedy suggests that as the wagon rumbles towards us the music takes on a sinister quality like that of the moment in the Scherzo of the Second Symphony.

Vivace ma non troppo 3. 71 by Malcolm Arnold was finished on 13 July in 1960. The movement includes a rather sad "pop" tune that appears several times. following the Notting Hill race-riots which perhaps influenced scoring for the symphony. It includes Caribbean instruments (and rhythms as well): marimba. Symphony No. all used in a rather menacing way. Con fuoco The work was commissioned by William Glock for the BBC. 4 was commissioned by the BBC. The composer wrote in 1971 that the symphony was a reaction to the Notting Hill race riots of 1958. each time with different orchestration. but this one has only 31. Andantino 4. And expressed his hope that it might help to spread the idea of racial integration. an effect that puzzled many listeners. Op. 4. The first of the four movements has violent outbursts of brass and percussion with extensive interplay between instrumental clusters. bongos and tomtoms. This movement . completed in 1960.Malcolm Arnold Symphony No. A "pop" tune usually consists of 32 bars. Allegro 2. 71 The Symphony No. The composer conducted the first performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on 2 November 1960 at the Royal Festival Hall. It is in four movements: 1. He was appalled that such a thing could happen in Britain. Op. 4.

dissonance. and was awarded the C. recorder virtuoso Michaela Petri. In the 1950’s he began composing music for films and for the first time had the opportunity to conduct. Oct. almost hypnotic. sultry -. A short.and the atmosphere is trance-like. In 1986 he received the Ivor Novello Award for "outstanding service to British music. They encouraged his musical interests which were wide-ranging. In 1969 he was made a Bard of the Cornish Gorseth. He absorbed the classics as well as jazz. cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber. Arnold also wrote music for more than 80 films. 21. which he quickly mastered. bells and ending in a cataclysmic blaze of percussion. very late at night?" It’s an incredible listening experience which sets an exotic mood totally devastated by the fourth and final movement.. He has written music for solo instruments. amateur pianist and organist. harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler. a 13 minute Andante. chamber ensembles.M. His father was a well-to-do shoe manufacturer.B. Sir Malcolm Arnold was born in Northampton. 1921)." and received a knighthood in the New Year Honours List 1993 for his services to music. gossamer scherzo follows. Where are we? In a Turkish Bath. an offer he declined). in 1970. oboist Leon Goossens. However. all pianissimo except for the fortissimo last chord. and studied the trumpet. at least in regard to his major symphonic works. Durham University (1982) and Leicester University (1984).ends with a huge brass outburst which to me is reminiscent of West Side Story. continues with marches. sensual sexy. Arnold was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1983 and is an Honorary R. violinist Yehudi Menuhin. et al). Hobson's Choice. numerous concertos for a multitude of friends (guitarist Julian Bream. leading to one Arnold’s most imaginative achievements.A. steamy. his mother a fine pianist.E. This begins with a fugue. His versatility is extraordinary. A remarkable symphony! SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD AND HIS NINE SYMPHONIES Surely the most underrated contemporary composer is Sir Malcolm Arnold (b. to me his greatest achievement is a series of nine extraordinary symphonies.slow. Whistle Down the Wind. He also has Honorary Doctorates of Music from Exeter University (1969). Christopher Palmer’s notes in the Hickox Chandos recording describe the movement perfectly: ".. including The Bridge on the River Kwai. and Inn of the Sixth Happiness (he was approached to write the score for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. opium den (if they still exist) or night-club. more Caribbean percussion. trumpeter John Wilbraham. All programme notes taken from Wikipedia .

Andrew Waite Conductor . Jenny Maynard (Treasurer) Emma Callery.Banbury Symphony Orchestra Management Committee: Jonathan Rowe (Chair). Kathryn Hayman (Secretary).Paul Willett Violin I Jenny Maynard (Leader) Geoff Kent Penny Tolmie Kathryn Hayman Marianne Robinson Heidi Robertson Emma Blunt Norman Filleul Violin II Ian Smith Emma Callery John Thomson Andrew Waite Rachel Sansome Rachel Saunders Sue Christie Christine Morley Bryony Yelloly Viola David Bolton-King Jonathan Rowe Anna Fleming John Maksinski Cello Miranda Ricardo Sarah Turnock Peter Button Janet Parsons John Pimm Ruth Mankelow Paul Morley Jennifer Hubble Double Bass Robert Gilchrist Jo Hammond Jane Martin Flute Rachel McCubbin Nick Planas Amy Lockwood Piccolo Nick Planas Oboe Estevan Ellul Lyn Gosney Clarinet Helen Payne Alice Palmer Bassoon Ian McCubbin Rachel James Contra bassoon Ian White Horn David Settle Richard Hartree Edward Bolton-King Helen Barnby-Porritt Trumpet Tony Chittock Ron Barnett Terry Mayo Martin Mills Trombone Paul Macey Gary Clifton Malcolm Saunders Tuba John Beer Percussion Justin Rhodes Sue Woolhouse Dave Martin Dave Hadland Huw Morgan Harp Nia Williams Celeste Kathryn Hayman . Anna Fleming. Estevan Ellul. Helen Payne.

Hook Norton. Rugby. Leamington Hastings. Our Family concert of “Music from the Movies” Pirates of the Caribbean Lord of the Rings Ireland Overlanders Suite Harry Potter Barber Adagio for Strings James Bond medley Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Website Please visit our website for more information www.maynard@coventry. Chamber Orchestra Concert featuring Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave Overture Pachelbel's Canon Vaughan Williams' Lark Ascending Beethoven's Symphony No. Esq.banburysymphony. M. 6pm St Mary’s Church. If you would like to make a donation. The White House. which enables the orchestra to claim an additional 25p for every £1 donated by taxpayers. Banbury. Hill. Mrs Please also fill in a Gift Aid declaration that can be obtained from Jenny. 7. please send a cheque made payable to Banbury Symphony Orchestra to the treasurer Jenny Maynard. Patrons of Banbury Symphony Orchestra S. Corsi. 1 Saturday 10 July 2010. E. . Rivett Lady Saye and Sele We are very grateful to our patrons for their financial support.30pm St Peter’s Church. CV23 8DX or email her on j.Dates for your diary… Saturday 15

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