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James Willshire and Conductor, Catherine Larsen-Maguire, join the bhco in a performance of Holst Perfect Fool: Ballet Music, Bartók Concerto for Orchestra and Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Pre-concert talk by Professor Amanda Bayley at 7.10pm
Tickets for St George’s concerts
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Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is one of his best-known and most popular works. Written in 1943, the title of Concerto, for what is essentially a symphonic work, relates to the fact that each section in the orchestra is given a solo spot. This allows the players to show off the qualities of their instrument. The true concerto in the programme is the ever-popular Paganini Variations by Rachmaninov. James Willshire will be making his début at St George’s with us. He has been heralded for performances of “spectacular musicianship and technical brilliance” – The Scotsman, “evangelizing urgency” – International Record Review, and “freshness and lucidity” – The Herald.
Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra is delighted to continue its association with the exuberant, Berlin-based conductor, Catherine Larsen-Maguire, who was born in Manchester. After ten years as principal bassoonist at the Komische Oper Berlin, where she also directed concerts and operatic performances, she began to concentrate exclusively on conducting in 2012.
“It took all of about two bars to be utterly entranced by the deceptive cantabile melody that is set up only to be overtaken by a musical thinking that is overwhelmed continually by its own logical momentum. Willshire shaped and characterised every moment with freshness and lucidity.”
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Richard Lee