Wednesday October 8th 2008
The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford 8pm
Siobhan Grealy – Flute
Janice Graham – Director
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Elgar – Serenade for Strings
Malcolm Arnold - Concerto No.1 for Flute and String Orchestra
Britten – Prelude and Fugue
Dvorak – Serenade for Strings
Following the triumph of their inaugural season and a superb concert with Daniel Hope to open the Summer Festival, English Sinfonia’s eagerly awaited return to the North Wall brings a typically varied concert of music for strings presented around Malcolm Arnold's Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra. This lively, jazz inflected work features the orchestra's principal flautist Siobhan Grealy in the central role.
The evening begins with one of Mozart’s most popular, sunny works followed by the more introspective, pastoral Serenade of Edward Elgar. After the interval Britten’s Prelude and Fugue continues the English theme. Written in 1943, its darker harmonies and taut counterpoint treat each individual player as a soloist. Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings, brimming with Bohemian melodies and Slavic dance rhythms, is another perennial favourite of both audiences and performers and provides a fitting end to the evening.
As usual, supporters and friends are invited to join us for a glass of champagne in the lobby after the performance.
Tickets £25, £20, £15 (concessions available)