2019 Orchestral Open Workshop
Saturday, 2nd March, Newent Community School, Watery Lane, Newent GL18 1QF
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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Borodin: Second Symphony, 1st Mvmt
Hoddinott: Welsh Folk Song Suite
Cunningham: Journey Through Space
Members of the Newent Orchestra invite other players to join them for this day of musical exploration, conducted by George Taylor.
Cost: £15 (members, £10)
Pay on the day, but advance booking essential.
Parts will be provided for strings, woodwind, brass and percussion.
Tea/coffee will be provided – just bring your music stand and a packed lunch. Local shops, pubs and tea rooms will be open.
Final play-through at approx. 3:15 p.m when members of the public are welcome (free).
Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin was a Russian Romantic composer. He was one of the prominent 19th-century composers known as The Mighty Handful, a group dedicated to producing a uniquely Russian kind of classical music, The first movement of his second symphony is a seriously powerful work offering a scintillating playing experience for all the orchestra.
Alun Hoddinott, Welsh Folk Song Suite: this is a genial setting of four Welsh folk songs, brilliantly and imaginatively harmonized and orchestrated in a tradition that goes back at least as far as Holst and Vaughan Williams. Hoddinot, born in 1929 in Bargoed, Glamorgan, Wales, is one of that country's leading composers.
Tom Cunningham: Journey Through Space. Born 1946, in Edinburgh, Cunningham has a real gift for genuine original melody and incorporates vigorous folk influences, blues and swing as well as tints of Debussy and Vaughan Williams in folk mode.This orchestral suite consists of five linked sections, taking inspiration from different planets. Tom Cunningham's compositions have been extensively performed in recent years.