Herewith the full list of Anvil Concerts provisionally reserved for 2019-2020 season. If any of these do not receive sufficient interest i.e. 20 travellers minimum, that concert will be cancelled and any monies collected would be returned.

PLEASE NOTE: The Organisation of these visits is being taken over by David Waltham-Hier who can be contacted on 01420 549239

Usual travel arrangements i.e, Coach from Alton library @ 6.45pm Tickets are £36 per head inclusive of coach travel....A bargain!.



On Friday 29th November, 32 U3A members (the largest group ever) travelled to the Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke for a visit by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of the world famous conductor, Vladimir Ashkenazy.

The evenings programme commenced with Grieg’s Holberg Suite Op, 40. A suite consisting of five movements based on eighteenth century dance forms, written by Edvard Grieg in 1884. Originally composed for the piano, but a year later was adapted by Grieg himself for string orchestra.
This was beautifully performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra strings guided by the entrancing conducting of the master Vladimir Ashkenazy was greeted by rapturous applause upon its conclusion.

The second piece of the programme was Mendelssohn’s: Violin Concerto in E minor, his last large orchestral work. It forms an important part of many violinists repertoire and is apparently is one of the most popular, frequently performed violin concertos in history.

This lengthy composition of some 27 minutes duration was performed by the evening’s violin soloist, Esther Yoo, a diminutive young Korean lady who was born and spent her earliest years in the U.S., before receiving her education in Belgium and Germany, but she always retained her family’s proud Korean heritage.

YOO's performance of the Concerto which consists of three movements in a standard fast–slow–fast structure with each movement following a traditional form, was exotic at all times.

Although the work was originally scored for solo violin and a standard orchestra of its period, consisting of two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings, this was masterfully performed to the sensitive backing of the now complete large Philharmonia Orchestra and concluded with multiple curtain calls.

The final work of the evening was Dvořák – Symphony no.9 - “From the New World”.
In this work of four movements, the magnificent orchestra was able to vent its full power to the opening Adagio movement, whilst the Largo’s main theme is then gently played by the cor anglais to the accompaniment of muted strings.

The final movement is written in sonata form. After a brief introduction, the horns and trumpets declare the movement's main theme against sharp chords played by the rest of the orchestra. Previously heard themes are reintroduced to bring the Symphony to a rousing conclusion.

After a splendid evening’s entertainment we travelled back home in a cosy, warm coach; looking forward to the next concert in February.

(It may be of interest to note that Astronaut Neil Armstrong took a tape recording of the New World Symphony along during the Apollo 11 mission, the first Moon landing, in 1969)



Friday February 14th Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Bizet – Suite: L’Arlesienne no.2
Ravel – Piano Concerto for the left hand
Thorvaldsdottir – Aireality
Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet
Yeol Eum Son – Piano
Yan Pascal Tortelier

Tuesday April 14th Siberian Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaniniov – The Rock
Glazunov – Vionin Concerto
Tchaikovsky – Symphony no. 4
Chloe Hanslip – Violin
Dimitri Vasiliev – Conductor

Tuesday May 19th Philharmonia Orchestra

Kodaly – Suite: Hary Janos
Khachaturian – Violin Concert
Sibelius – Symphony no. 5
Nemanja Radulovic – Violin
Santtu-Matias Rouvali – Conductor

Wednesday June 24th Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Wagner = Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Liszt – Piano Concerto no.1 & Piano Concerto no.2
Wagner – Overture: Tannhauser
Stephen Hough – Piano
Sir Mark Elder – Conductor

Further details of the programmes can be found on the Anvil website: and will appear in due course on Posters in the Community Centre.