Harp Showcase Concert
12:00 PM12:00

Harp Showcase Concert

A fantastic opportunity to hear the beautiful sounds of the harp. An instrument not often heard or seen close up, this exciting concert will showcase pupils from age 8 to university level performing various works and genres!

ALL WELCOME! Tea/Coffee and Cake will be served. You will have the opportunity to try the harp and ask all about the instrument. 

PLEASE come along and show your support!

Concert in aid of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia


UK registered charity: 1170917

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7:30 PM19:30

Havant Symphony Orchestra

Overture Colas Breugnon – Kabalevsky

Cello Concerto – Dvořák
Soloist: Richard Harwood

Symphony No 5 in D minor – Shostakovich

Russian music of the twentieth century embraces an epic romantic cello concerto in this final concert of the 2014-15 season by Havant Symphony Orchestra under their principal conductor Jonathan Butcher.

In light-hearted mood, Kabalevsky’s Overture Colas Breugnon takes a French folk tale as its inspiration.  The full opera is based in 18thCentury Burgundy and is the story of a love triangle involving the sculptor, Colas, and his eventual playing of a trick on the local Duke by creating a statue of him in full armour sitting backwards on a donkey…  I guess you had to be there, but the Overture is full of fun and jazzy rhythms and cannot fail to entertain!

It is always exciting to welcome back to his home town the fantastic cellist Richard Harwood.  Richard has been performing concertos with the Havant Orchestras since he was a schoolboy and still manages to fit the occasional return visit to Waterlooville into his very busy schedule.  In addition to his solo performances, Richard has recently been on an international tour with the Sitkovetsky Trio and is also Principal Cellist of the John Wilson Orchestra, famous for their performances of music from the great Hollywood musicals.  On this visit he will play the dramatic and beautiful concerto by Dvořák.  This is one of the best known works for solo cello and orchestra and shows off both the lyrical and virtuosic capabilities of the cello to stunning effect.

The concert concludes with the Symphony No 5 by Shostakovich.  This was written in 1937 as “a Soviet artist’s creative response to justified criticism” after the composer had experienced a period of extreme difficulty with the Soviet authorities.  The Symphony contains many haunting melodies and uses some extra instruments to supplement the standard orchestra – listen out for the piano, harp and celesta as well as a large percussion section!  The final climax to the work is somewhat of an enigma – is it really a triumphant march or a parody of one?  See what you think…

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7:00 PM19:00

New London Sinfonia

Will Todd Mass in Blue
Bernstein Chichester Psalms

David Gibson conductor

Mass in Blue is a relatively new work in the choral repertoire, having had its first performance in 2003. Todd’s flagship work is an upbeat jazz setting of the Latin Mass for SATB choir and soprano soloist which has been performed more than a hundred times around the world.

Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms will also be part of the programme. This particular work was originally commissioned for the Southern Cathedrals Festival and had its English premiere in Chichester Cathedral, with our own conductor, David Gibson, singing the part of the boy treble.

This programme promises to be a really exciting one, combining the best of choral music with the excitement of the modern jazz style.

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