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Lunchtime Concert - Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra

Friday January 31, 2020 at 13:00
Regent Hall (The Salvation Army), London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Passacaglia for violin and cello in G minor on a theme by Handel - Johan Halvorsen
  2. Quartet for 4 cellos, 'Bittersweet' - Eicca Toppinen
  3. Four, for viola quartet - Roman Benedict
  4. 2nd movement: Assez vif, from String Quartet in F - Maurice Ravel
  5. 3rd movement: Waltz, from Serenade for Strings Op 2 - Mieczyslaw Karlowicz
  6. Sure on this shining night, from 4 Songs Op 13 - Samuel Barber, arranged for strings by John Moss
  7. Suite for Strings Op 1 - Carl Nielsen
  8. Waltz, from Masquerade Suite - Aram Khachaturian
  9. La beauté du diable - François Dompierre

The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra was created on 1 April 2014 as part of the restructuring within the Corps of Army Music. There has been a long tradition of string playing in the British Army, particularly associated with the orchestra of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, in existence for over 250 years, and proud to have been the first professional orchestra in Britain. The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra can however trace its heritage back to ‘The King’s Musick’ of strings from the time of the Restoration in England which was eventually to form the basis of Queen Victoria’s private band in the nineteenth century. It performs a variety of music, ranging from classical to pop, in various settings both in the United Kingdom and abroad. Engagements are varied, including investitures, ceremonies at royal households, state banquets and dinners, support to army regiments and corps, defence engagement activity, and international short-term training teams. The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra also provides the principal players for tri-service orchestral events, such as at Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, the Passchendaele centenary at Ypres, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. The tri-service orchestra was privileged to be part of the Queen’s Speech at Christmas, last year.

Regent Hall (The Salvation Army)
275 Oxford Street
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