What better way is there to spend a chilly winter’s afternoon than by attending one of the Brighton Phil’s enjoyable Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome and being entertained and moved by some wonderful music played by some very talented professional musicians. We are now half way through our current season (which runs from October to March) and thanks to a generous grant from the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust, we are already planning our next season.
Over the next four concerts the orchestra will whisk Dome audiences away on a musical journey around the world and back and forth through the centuries with glorious music by the likes of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Sibelius, Malcolm Arnold, Delibes and Saint-Saëns as well as less well-known composers such as Alexander Arutunian, an Armenian whose fabulous Trumpet Concerto (which we perform on 4 March) is a real show-stopper.
Our first concert of the New Year takes place on Sunday 28 January when we are joined by Michael Collins, one of the foremost clarinettists of his generation, as both conductor and soloist.
Those of you with long memories may recall he won the woodwind prize in the very first Young Musician of the Year in 1978 at the tender age of 16.
The concert opens with one of Haydn’s London Symphonies, Symphony No.102, one of twelve symphonies written in 1794 on a visit to England. Rarely performed, it opens with stately grace and progresses to joyous vigour, and is regarded as one of his finest symphonies in both scope and scale.
Michael Collins is both soloist and conductor in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, a work of exquisite beauty and zest that has become one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire. Completed just two months before Mozart’s death for his friend, the clarinettist Anton Stadler, its exquisitely tender slow movement has featured in the soundtracks of films such as The King’s Speech and Out of Africa and often appears in the top 10 of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame.
Beethoven’s elegant and expansive Symphony No.1 which completes this concert is clearly influenced by the composer’s teachers, Haydn and Mozart. First performed in 1800 (in a concert he arranged himself) it impressed the Viennese public with Beethoven’s incredible talent. The form of the symphony pays homage to his teachers whilst at the same time pushing the boundaries of symphonic composition.
Tickets (from £12-£38) are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office, Church Street, Brighton, (01273) 709709) or online from: https://brightondome.org/event/14880/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra/