OUR NEXT CONCERT
Sunday 25 September, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Season Opening Gala
English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods- Principal Conductor
Clare Hammond Piano
Robert Saxton- The Resurrection of the Soldiers, In Memory of John McCabe (ESO co-commission)
Mozart- Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor K. 466
Clare Hammond- piano
Mozart- Symphony no. 40 in G minor K. 550
Rising piano superstar Clare Hammond joins the ESO for a gala start to our 2016-17 season. Clare is shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award in 2016 and recently co-starred in the hit film “The Lady in the Van,” playing the young incarnation of Maggie Smith’s iconic character.
This gala concert celebrating the opening of the ESO’s second season of Shirehall Sunday concerts features two of Mozart’s most exciting and emotional works under the baton of ESO Principal Conductor Kenneth Woods.
The Resurrection of the Soldiers for string orchestra is a joint commission from the 2016 Presteigne Festival and the English Symphony Orchestra with funding generously provided by the John S Cohen Foundation and Arts Council England. The title derives from the final panel of Stanley Spencer’s Sandham Chapel visionary series of paintings which were the result of Spencer’s experiences in the British army in World War One and depicts soldiers emerging from their graves on the last day.The piece, which lasts about 12 minutes, is in three continuous parts: a slow, sustained introduction which is, in essence, a descent, followed by an anguished climax, then a closing slow movement, leading to the final moment of resurrection, re-birth and hope.