Alton

CLASSICAL CONCERTS at THE ANVIL

WEDNESDAY MAY 23rd........PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA

A MENDELSSOHN & BRAHMS Programme

Daniele Gatti conductor

MENDELSSON Symphony No. 4, Italian

Mendelssohn’s irresistibly exuberant Italian Symphony captures his impressions of the country in four exquisite movements. The slow movement is a pilgrim’s march, and the gently flowing scherzo is followed by an exhilarating Neapolitan salterello.

BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

Brahms’ Second Symphony was written while on holiday in the summer of 1877 and is predominantly lyrical and relaxed, before an explosion of joy in the finale.

Tickets are £32 to include Concert tickets and ‘door to door’ coach travel. I have Three tickets available!

The Coach leaves from Alton Library at 6.45pm prompt and will generally return to Alton at about 10.45/11pm.

Bookings and further information from Steve Barnes, 01420 89116

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As all concerts have to be paid for in advance, I must receive your payment one month at the latest before the Concert date!

Cheques payable to ALTON U3A Classical Concerts, and sent to Steve Barnes at 35 Vicarage Road, Alton, GU34 1NZ or pay by BAC's - Details in Blue Book page 2

Our seats, which are easily accessible, are situated in the Choir area directly behind the Orchestra offering an excellent view of the Orchestra, Guest Instrumentalists and the Conductor.

NOTE: There is access from the street level by lift direct to the 2nd floor for those who find stairs a problem!

Steve Barnes ..........Concert Organiser

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Report on the Anvil Concert by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Violinist, Nicola Benedetti. February 8th, 2018

“Yes, it was a very full house. Apparently that’s the first time it’s been that busy in about 10 years”, Those were the words of the Anvil Groups Organiser when I spoke to him last Friday. (He obviously doesn’t recall the visit of Sir Simon Rattle two years ago. – Also a sell-out!)

The previous evening February 8th, a good number of Classical concert lovers travelled by coach to the Anvil to see a very special young lady violinist – Nicola Benedetti M.B.E, accompanied by the wonderful Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by world famous Marin Alsop

Seated in our usual spot behind the orchestra in the Choir stalls it soon became obvious that it was going to be a very full house. The lift attendant had said that there were very few empty seats for the night’s performance!

The programme consisted of two items, the first being the Symphony No. 4 in B flat composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1806. After the interval we were treated to Beethoven’s Violin Concert in D also in 1806. Whilst he was composing these pieces he was also sketching out his thoughts for his Fifth Symphony! (How did these composers manage without the benefit of computers??)

For those not aware, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is not as large in numbers as the more usual concert orchestra and play period instruments or replicas from the time the music was written. Long Trumpets without valves, resembling trombones!, likewise the French horns, their players having an array of different lengths of tubing which they could interchange as required. Each concert is the result of hours of research to reproduce the sounds the composer may have heard.

Needless to say, you really needed to be there to enjoy the music, but to my unprofessional ear the performances were superb and Nicola Benedetti was a triumph. Tall, slender and in complete control yet finding time to turn her head to smile at various members of the orchestra whilst Marin Alsop conducted in her own very relaxed style for which she has become famous. A splendid evening!