As your newly elected Chairman, it give me great pleaseure to introduce the programme for the second part of our season at Brighton Dome. With Barry Wordsworth in Australia for the early part of the year we welcome several guest conductors to steer our marvellous orchestra towards the climax of the season when Barry returns for our final concert.For our traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Concert we welcome back Susana Gaspar who delighted out audience at last year’s Gala. With polkas galore I am sure that we shall all feel like dancing in the aisles.
A more serious concert follows, with the heavyweights of the German tradition, Beethoven and Brahms. Beethoven considered his Seventh Symphony to be one of his best works.
Haydn, Mozart and Schubert always delight our audience and with Thomas Carroll and Anthony Hewitt, both graduates of the Yehudi Menuhin School, directing the concert we have musicians of the very highest calibre to move us.
Bruch’s Violin Concerto is always a firm favourite and right at the top of the classical charts. As a strong contrast the more sombre Sibelius Symphony No.1 takes us firmly into the nationalistic 20th century.
For our season finale Barry Wordsworth transports us to the other worlds with Holst’s The Planets, written while the First World War was raging and first performed soon after. Mars from The Planets is one of the ten pieces of calssical music which the BBC are promoting to ‘a generation of children’ and we hope that those in Brighton and Hove will be moved to come and listen to such a dramatic piece of music.
Barry Wordsworth has been only the third conduction in the Society’s 90 year history, a remarkable record. Barry is moving to a new role at the Royal Opera House, where he has been Music Director of the Royal Ballet for a total of over 12 years, to become Principal Guest Conductor. In tandem with this, Barry will be moving to a new role with the Brighton Philharmonic as Conductor Laureate for the Society’s 91st season, during which we shall see him direct the orchestra as many as six times.
Nicolas Chisholm, MBE CHAIRMAN