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Chiltern Camerata

Saturday November 23, 2019 at 19:30
Amersham Free Church, Amersham
£12 (accompanied under 18s free)
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  1. Liebeslieder Waltzes Op 52 - Johannes Brahms, arranged for strings by Friedrich Hermann
  2. An English Suite - Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
  3. The Fairy Queen Z 629 - Henry Purcell
  4. Selected tangos - Astor Piazzolla
  5. The Fiddlers (Pelimannit) Op 1 - Einojuhani Rautavaara
  6. Tango - Anna Semple

The players of The Chiltern Camerata make a welcome return to the Amersham Free Church for the first in its 2019/20 season of concerts.

The concert, under the baton of guest conductor Simon Walton, is themed 'Dance' and includes music by Brahms, Piazzolla, Parry, Rautavaara and Anna Semple.

Reflecting the theme 'Dance', the concert includes compositions by Brahms, Parry, Piazzolla and Rautavaara

Brahms is represented by his ever-popular 'Liebeslieder' Waltzes. Originally for voice and piano, these are performed in an arrangement for strings.

Parry's contribution is in the form of his gorgeous 'English Suite' for strings, composed in 1914

Early English music of Purcell brings a suite of dances from The Fairy Queen, arranged by Simon Walton

The atmosphere heats up with dance music by the vibrant Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla in special arrangements by Simon Walton.

The entertainment continues with a vivacious suite 'Fiddlers' composed in 1952 by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

The talented young composer Anna Semple has also written 'Tango' for the orchestra, which will receive its first public performance at this concert

Audiences have come to expect something a little different from the Chiltern Camerata and this concert is no exception. The emphasis is on fun and this fine ensemble is sure to delight the audience.

The Chiltern Camerata perhaps needs little introduction: Founded in 1996, this chamber orchestra of music professionals and advanced amateurs presents innovative and attractive concerts in and around the Chilterns and Thames Valley.

Guest conductor Simon Walton:

Simon Walton is a multi-talented musician who enjoys a highly successful and varied career as a conductor/director, performer, teacher, and coach. He is perhaps unusual in having appeared as a conductor, singer and flautist on BBC Radio 3. He began conducting at an early age, and was selected to take part in a conducting masterclass with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, with whom he was principal flute. At university, he founded the Manchester University Mozart players and conducted the New Music Ensemble.

As well as the being the Musical Director for the Hampstead Chorus, he is currently the conductor and artistic director of the Amici Orchestra (London). Simon is committed to performing new music and is a founder member and regular conductor of the Vocal Constructivists.

Simon is a senior coach for the Grittleton summer residential adult chamber music courses, covering a wide repertoire from the western canon to contemporary music, specialising in music for mixed ensembles due to his experience as a multi-instrumentalist.

Simon is also active as a singer. He made his operatic debut in the role of Luigi (Il Tabarro) in 1996. Specialising in ‘lyrico spinto’ repertoire, other principal roles have included Turrido (Cavalleria Rusticana), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Macduff (Macbeth), Loge (Das Rheingold), Samson (Samson et Dalilah) and Florestan (Fidelio). He has appeared and recorded with Kent Nagano and the Opéra de Lyon, Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker and the choirs of the London Oratory and Westminster Abbey.

Amersham Free Church
2 Woodside Road
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