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Farnborough Symphony Orchestra with Alison Wyld & Ruairi Bowen: Elgar & Britten

Saturday June 10, 2023 at 19:45
Princes Hall, Aldershot
£13.50, £6.75 for children/students in full time education
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  1. Froissart Op 19 - Sir Edward Elgar
  2. Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op 31 - Benjamin Britten
  3. Variations on an original theme, 'Enigma' Op 36 - Sir Edward Elgar

The Farnborough Symphony Orchestra is concluding its 2022-23 season with a programme of English music. We are particularly excited to be performing Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, with our very own Alison Wyld (FSO Principal Horn) as soloist. Alison pursued a career as a freelance horn player for thirteen years before becoming a primary school teacher and latterly headteacher. She will be joined by the tenor soloist, Ruairi Bowen, a finalist in the International Handel Singing Competition in 2020, who is much in demand as an interpreter of Baroque repertoire in the UK and abroad, collaborating with some of the leading conductors in the field. The Serenade is a song cycle on the theme of night, written in 1943 and first performed by the horn player Dennis Brain, at whose request it had been composed, and the tenor Peter Pears, Britten’s partner.

The programme also includes two works by Elgar. The Froissart Overture was his first large scale work for full orchestra, and is less well known than many of his later works. Inspired by the 14th century chronicles of Jean Froissart, the concert overture contains, in embryonic form, many of the hallmarks that Elgar was to perfect in his mature output. The Enigma Variations was composed some nine years later and needs little introduction as it has become established as one of the composer’s most famous works. Elgar dedicated it “to my friends pictured within”, each variation being a musical sketch of one of his circle of close acquaintances. The "enigma" of the title remains a subject of much speculation, and we warmly invite you to mull over this conundrum while listening to this delightful programme of English music.

Supported by The Elgar Society

Princes Hall
Princes Way
GU11 1NX

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