As I write this, the Brighton Philarmonic’s 90th concert season is about to start, and just in terms of our survival this is a remarkable set of programmes. The repertoire is purposefully as varied as it could be, and reflects the influence of our guest conductors and soloists who I welcome to the rostrum with the greatest enthusiasm.I am delighted that Natasha Paremski is able to perform with us for the first time, and the pairing of the Rachmaninov with the Shostakovich creates a challenging and exciting start to the season.
Our second concert is in complete contrast, opening with Schubert’s Marche Militaire, a reminder and reflection of the orchestra’s first concert in 1925. The Strass concerto is a particular favourite of mine, and in Nicholas Daniel’s masterly hands this performace will give us all the greatest msical pleasure. We are fortunate to be joined once again by the Brighton Festival Chorus for two magnificent Parry choral works.
The third concert is a celebration of the wealth and variety of British orchestral music and, perhaps surprisingly, many of these works have not been hear in Brighton for a long time. I know you will enjoy Richard Balcombe’s interpretation of these brilliantly evocative and atmospheric works, especially The Lark Ascending with our leader John Bradbury as soloist.
The rest of the season is no less varied, commencing on New Year’s Eve with our annual Viennese Gala concert to transport us to 19th century Vienna through the delightful waltz music of the Strauss family. I hope you will find the music we have chosen this season has the righ mix of the familiar alongside great works which don’t get played as often as they should. I wish you all enjoyable and reqarding concert experiences.
Barry Wordsworth MUSIC DIRECTOR/PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR[ssba]