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Sunday 9 August 2015

9 August, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm








String Quartet (2007)

Suite for Bassoon & String Quartet

String Quartet No.3 in G Minor
Op.74 ‘The Rider’


Concert sponsored by Avril Oulton, a Friend of the Philharmonic.

Publicity/programmes sponsored by Mr & Mrs Pelling, Friends of the Philharmonic.


Programme notes:

String Quartet (2007)

Composer’s note: “My String Quartet (2007) is in four movements. The first movement is a seascape and opens with each instrument playing different material, the overall texture created by this evoking a calm sea. Following this, waves building up then breaking and receding are suggested by more dynamic musical gestures.The movement then recapitulates its calm opening.

The second movement is rhythmically edgy and playful, accents and dialogue between instruments producing a sense of constant change and movement.

The third movement is very expressive and I was listening to Arvo Pärt at the time of its composition. I have instruments playing repeated patterns at different speeds simultaneously in places, which is a procedure he sometimes employs.

The fourth movement repeats music from the first and second movements. This is interspersed with trills and new material evoking birdsong, thus “memories” of earlier music are put in a new musical environment.”


Suite for Bassoon & String Quartet

The English composer Gordon Jacob wrote the Suite in 1968 as a commission by the Cheltenham Festival and was dedicated to the bassoonist William Waterhouse. It was first performed on 8th July 1968 at the Cheltenham Festival. A very prolific composer Jacob published over 400 works; he was a conservative composer writing in the Baroque and Classical styles rather than the more romantic style of his teachers. The Bassoon suite is a fine example of Jacob’s compositional skill and shows a great knowledge of all the instruments and their capabilities.

1:         Prelude

2:         Caprice

3:         Elegy

4:         Rondo


String Quartet in G Minor Op.74 No.3 “The Rider”

The Op.74 quartets, of which there are two sets of three, were commissioned by Count Anton Apponyi and were completed in early 1794. There are some new innovations in these quartets and Haydn uses different keys and modulations for expression and dramatic effect. The quartets are very orchestral in construction and clearly show Haydn’s mastery in composing for this medium. The Rider quartet has many similarities with the London Symphonies which were written at the same time – a short rhythmic introduction as a means to grab the audience’s attention. Haydn was also experimenting with rhythms and in this quartet the bouncy rhythm in the last movement creates the riding effect of the horseman or rider.

1:         Allegro

2:         Largo Assai

3:         Menuetto Allegretto Trio

4:         Finale Allegro con brio



Barry Mills was born in Plymouth in 1949 and is for the most part self-taught as a composer. He obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from Sussex University in 1971 and returned to Sussex in 1976-77 to pursue an MA in Music, studying analysis with David Osmond-Smith and David Roberts and composition with Colin Matthews and Ann Boyd. His music has been performed and broadcast here and in Switzerland and performances have also been given in Italy, Germany, the USA and the Czech Republic. Claudio Records, NMC, Vienna Modern Masters and the Associated Board have issued his music on CD, and Edition Corvus and the Associated Board have published pieces by him. He is currently composing a cello concerto for Esther Ward-Caddle.



Jonathan Price graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1996, and has since established a successful and varied career.

He has played with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, CBSO, BBC Symphony and English Chamber. Guest principal bassoon engagements have included the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.

Jonathan has played regularly for the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007 and is their Principal Bassoon.



9 August, 2015
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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