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A Symphonic Gallery Northampton Symphony orchestra 2017 - 2018 Season

A Word from our Musical Director, John Gibbons

The visual arts have always been a rich source of inspiration for composers. From compositions based on painting and sculpture to the more recent addition of film scoring, music and vision have worked together to move us in ways that they could not in isolation.

Our Symphonic Gallery opens in November with Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Job – A Masque for Dancing – a collection of dances based on William Blake’s famous illustrations. We will also be welcoming pianist Dinara Klinton for a performance of the spectacular Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand. Following our Heroes and Villains Christmas Cracker in December, we will be exploring the world of film scores in February, featuring the original John Williams score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the 40th year of the Star Wars saga, the evocative Psycho Suite, as well as film scores by British composers William Alwyn, Sir Malcolm Arnold, William Walton, and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

April brings on thoughts of the ocean, featuring the epic Debussy tone poem La Mer and dynamic trombone soloist Carol Jarvis; while in June we will perform the Elgar Enigma Variations and our only symphony of the season, Stanford Symphony no. 6 – dedicated to the life and work of the great Victorian sculptor and painter George Fredric Watts.

The Friends of the NSO are in for a treat this year with an exclusive July concert linked to the famous Renaissance painter Sando Botticelli, with works by Respighi, Piazzolla, and Ravel. Our 124th season promises to be entertaining and exciting and we are very pleased to be exploring these masterpieces of sight and sound with you.

This online brochure is a way of finding out more about the music and art we will be sharing this season- scroll down for images and videos, as well as links to book your tickets for each concert.
The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

11th November 2017 - 7:30 pm

Spinney Theatre NN3 6DG

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Job: A Masque for Dancing

Maurice Ravel

Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Dinara Klinton, Piano

William Walton

Portsmouth Point

Bohuslav Martinů

The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

Ticket Prices-Adults - £14 / Concessions - £12 / 18 and under £2

Heroes and Villains - A Christmas Cracker

10th December 2017 - 3:00pm

Spinney Theatre NN3 6DG

Come dressed as your favourite hero or villain!

Join us for music from Frozen, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, ET the Extra Terrestrial, Lord of the Rings, and Superman as well as Paul Dukas’s timeless Sorcerer’s Apprentice …plus many of your favourite Christmas classics.

Ticket Prices:Adults - £15 / Concessions - £13 / 18 and under £2

Celebrating Forty Years of Star Wars : Film Music

24th February 2018 - 7:30 pm

Christchurch NN1 5LL

John Williams

Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Bernard Herrmann

Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra

Edward Hopper, House by the Railroad

Ennio Morricone

Music from The Mission

William Walton

Battle of Britain

Malcolm Arnold

Suite from Inn of the Sixth Happiness

William Alwyn

Nemesis (Odd Man Out Suite)

Richard Rodney Bennett

Waltz from Murder on the Orient Express

Ticket Prices-Adults - £14 / Concessions - £12 / 18 and under £2

The Great Wave off Kanagawa - Hokusai

21st April 2018 -7:30 pm

Christchurch NN1 5LL

Claude Debussy

La Mer - Three Symphonic Sketches

Richard Peaslee

Arrows of Time

with Trombone Soloist Carol Jarvis

Carol Jarvis, Trombone

Arnold Bax

The Garden of Fand

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Sadko Opus 5

Ticket Prices-Adults - £14 / Concessions - £12 / 18 and under £2

George Frederic Watts

16th June 2018 - 7:30 pm

Saint Matthew's Church NN1 5RT

Charles Villiers Stanford

Symphony no. 6 - "In Memoriam G.F. Watts"

Edward Elgar

Enigma Variations

Sergei Prokofiev

Piano Concerto no 1

William Alwyn

Piano Concerto no 1

Piano Soloist - TBA

Ticket Prices-Adults - £14 / Concessions - £12 / 18 and under £2

Friends' Scheme and Concert

15th July 2018 - 3:00 pm

An exclusive concert and reception for the Friends of the NSO - featuring the music of Piazzolla, Respighi, Vaughn Williams, and Ravel.

Ottorino Respighi

Trittico Boticelliano

Inspired by a triptych of Sando Botticelli paintings - La Primavera (Spring), L’Adorazione dei Magi (The Adoration of the Magi), and La nascita di Venere (The Birth of Venus).

Maurice Ravel

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Astor Piazzolla

Tangazo - Variations on Buenos Aires

Manuel de Falla

Ritual Fire Dance

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on Greensleeves

For a minimum donation of £20 a year, you can become a Friend of the Orchestra. There are a number of exclusive benefits available through the Friends’ Scheme, and your contribution plays an important part in funding our concerts and securing the orchestra’s future. As a Friend, you will receive:

2 free tickets to the Friends’ concert and buffet

£1 discount on all concert tickets

Regular NSO newsletters about forthcoming concerts

A free programme at each concert

Your name printed in our programmes

It’s said you can’t buy friendship, but you can buy exclusive membership to the NSO Friends’ Scheme. Why not pay for a friend to become a Friend? It’s a great gift to give.

To find out more, contact our Friends’ Secretary Siân Bunker on 07972 027924 or email friends@nso.org.uk. Thank you for your support.

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