We are now excited to be able to perform a concert which we have been working towards over the pandemic year. Our members come from all walks of life and find playing together a fantastic outlet. It has been a hard year, but the orchestra has continued to rehearse nearly every week: physically when possible, and online during the lock downs.
With Covid restrictions the orchestra have often split into strings and wind in order to rehearse. As a consequence, we have a fantastic selection of wind and string pieces to perform, as well as a symphony where we all come together.
Our concert will include Handel's Baroque masterpiece, Concerto Grosso opus 6, No. 6 for strings. It includes the gravely elegant Musette. Handel would often perform it as a separate piece during oratorios and it was brilliantly featured on the soundtrack to ‘The Madness of King George’.
The wind section will play Ruth Gipps ‘Seascape’. Gipps, born in 1921, was a student of Ralph Vaughan Williams. She experienced prejudice as a female performer and composer and was consequently judged ‘prickly’. Now she is thought to be a ‘compositional genius’. The piece is evocative of the rise and fall of the ocean as you are transported along the ancient trading routes.
The third piece is Richard Strauss’s Serenade for thirteen wind instruments, composed when he was just seventeen. A melodic triumph.
The strings and wind come together for Dvořák’s Symphony No 9 ‘From The New World’, his most popular symphony, played in concert halls all over the world and beyond… . When Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon, it was on his mix tape!
Dvořák, inspired by the folk music of his native Czech culture, wrote this symphony during his time in America, in the 1890s. Dvořák wrote that he really admired African-American spirituals and saw links to his beloved Czechoslovakia which he was homesick for.
His audience in the USA wondered if it was indeed a new tune for a ‘New World’ or a home sick lament for the old world? Please come, listen and decide.
Dvořák Symphony no. 9 in E minor Op.95 ‘From the New World'
Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.6 - string players
Ruth Gipps ‘Seascape’ - wind players
Strauss Serenade for 13 wind instruments - wind players
|Tickets are available in advance, via the button above and via our website: www.wantageorchestra.org.uk Adults £9.00, seniors/students £7.00. Schoolchildren are free.
Online only; no paper tickets are available on this occasion. Given COVID-19 restrictions, please note the following: