The Northampton Symphony Orchestra performs its last regular celebratory concert with internationally recognised soloist, Peter Donohoe. Our concert is capped with Strauss' monumentally epic Alpine Symphony and will include the world premier of "From the Heart of the Rose", a new composition by young local composer, Alga Mau, commissioned to celebrate our 125th year.
SIR WILLIAM WALTON - CROWN IMPERIAL
We start the evening with the celebratory Crown Imperial by Sir William Walton. Written initially for the coronation of Edward VIII, it was not first performed until the corontation of his younger brother, George VI and then later used to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II. We think that the grandiose tone of this piece is the perfect way to open our last regular concert to celebrate 125 years of the Northampton Symphony Orchestra.
P. I. TCHAIKOVSKY - PIANO CONCERTO NO.2
We are joined by the internationally recognised Peter Donohoe, silver medal winner of the 7th International Tchaikovsky Comepetition. He has played with many of the world's top orchestras including the Berliner Philharmonika and all the major London orchestras. He joins us this evening to bring you the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2.
ALGA MAU - FROM THE HEART OF THE ROSE
We continue the evening with a work by young composer, Alga Mau. Commissioned to celebrate our 125th year, "From the Heart of the Rose" will be sure to delight both our players and audience as we hear the world premier of this new piece.
RICHARD STRAUSS - AN ALPINE SYMPHONY
We end the evening with the romantic masterpiece, and the last of Richard Strauss' great tone poems, An Alpine Symphony. Scored for a very large orchestra of around 125 players, this depiction of a day spent climbing an Alpine mountain will captivate and inspire as we pass through the woods, by a stream, near a waterfall, across floral meadows and pastureland, through thickets and onto the glacier before reaching the top.