Piano ROB CLARK
Conductor BARRY WORDSWORTH
BRIGHTON FESTIVAL CHORUS
Soprano ELIN PRITCHARD
Baritone NICHOLAS LESTER
WILLIAM ALWYN Overture: Derby Day [6 mins]
BERNSTEIN Symphony No.2 (The Age of Anxiety) [30 mins]
INTERVAL [20 mins]
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No.1 (A Sea Symphony) [60 mins]
Our final concert begins with a short but scintillating overture by William Alwyn, a British composer who wrote many works, including over 70 film scores. His bustling overture Derby Day was written in 1960 following a commission from the BBC. It was named after a famous painting by Frith and its brilliant scoring gallops to an exciting conclusion.
Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No.2 takes as its subtitle “The Age of Anxiety” from a poem by WH Auden. Written in 1949 for orchestra and solo piano, its two movements mirror Auden’s text through 14 variations. The energy and inventiveness is typical of Bernstein’s original and creative imagination.
Vaughan Williams’ epic Symphony No.1 has been a perennial favourite since its first performance in 1910. Setting poems by Walt Whitman, its large scale evokes the power and grandeur of the sea. Joining our orchestra, the Brighton Festival Chorus adds another dimension to our final concert of the season.
This afternoon’s concert is dedicated to the memory of Martin Lindsay-Hills, a keen sailor and long-time generous supporter and sponsor of the orchestra.
An article remembering Martin can be found at: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/briphil/remembering-martin-lindsay-hills/
The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra are most grateful to the William Alwyn Foundation for their financial support of this concert: www.williamalwyn.co.uk
You can read Peter Back’s programme notes for this concert here: