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autumn 2016

Charnwood Orchestra


Charnwood Orchestra’s season begins with a wonderful programme of music by Mozart, Handel and Haydn in Barrow’s Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 24th September starting at 7.30 and there will be an interval bar.

The works consist of Haydn’s Symphony No 93, Mozart’s Adagio in E and Rondo in C, both for violin and orchestra, Handel’s Water Music Suite No 2 and Mozart’s Symphony No 38 “Prague”.

Tickets cost £12, £10 (concessions) and £3 for accompanied children under 16. They can be bought from The Paper Shop, High St, Barrow, by Paypal from www.charnwoodorchestra.org.uk, from the Box Office (07718 153117), emailing judithrodgers155@gmail.com or on the door.

Don’t be beguiled into thinking this music is all gentility, Haydn’s music is full of fun, gently mocking other’s styles. Expect a shocking awakening in the delicately soulful Largo when the mood is punctured by a gigantic bassoon fart – a joke whose crudeness more than matches the “surprise” in his Surprise Symphony. Picture the Royal Barge containing George 1st being regally carried by the tide up river to Chelsea and followed by a second barge containing 50 musicians playing their hearts out. So pleased was the king with the Water Music, that he ordered the two suites to be played at least three times more until he arrived back at Whitehall.

The soloist in the Mozart Adagio and Rondo is Nic Fallowfield, who needs no introductions as the conductor of Charnwood Orchestra. Both pieces were written for the Italian virtuoso Antonio Brunetti who Mozart could not abide, finding him boorish and crude. When Brunetti complained that the slow movement of Concerto No. 5 was too learned and serious, Mozart obliged with the delightful Adagio and, much later with the lively Rondo. The concert concludes with The Prague Symphony, notice Mozart’s lavish use of wind instruments. This was a major advance in his technique that came to be much admired and copied.

Judith Rodgers