Marking 75 years since our very first concert, the Sutton Symphony Orchestra celebrates the timeless thrill of hearing great music performed live! We’ll hear some of the pieces that featured in our very first concert, and a symphony by one of our very first Vice-Presidents, and well-known Dorking resident, Ralph Vaughan Williams.
About the Programme
To kick things off … Written in 1786, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide, and its famous Overture makes for a rip-roaring start to any concert. Listen for the scurrying strings, conjuring up hectic wedding day preparations.
Young violinist Amber Emson joins us on stage as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, a piece Mendelssohn wrote for a long-term friend and one of the best violinists of the time. The melodies are truly arresting, from the passionate opening theme (which Mendelssohn wastes no time in introducing on the solo violin) to the lyrical second movement, before a joyful and frolicking finale. The concerto was popular in its time, influencing many a future violin concerto, and is nothing short of iconic now.
Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite No 2, curiously, was put together after his death in 1875, but it all comes from incidental music he wrote for a play about love – some of it unrequited – and loss. The tenderness is plain to hear in the first three movements of the Suite, before yet another glimpse of a wedding day, this time echoing the dance music of a pre-wedding party in Bizet’s famous Farandole.
We finish with Vaughan Williams “London” Symphony, composed to a challenge from his good friend and fellow composer George Butterworth. Listen for a kaleidoscope of images painted by the music, from a hazy dawn on the River Thames, through the hustle and bustle of city streets to the solemn chimes of Westminster.
Mozart Overture The Marriage of Figaro
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Bizet L’Arlesienne Suite No 2
Vaughan Williams Symphony No 2 “London”
Conductor Philip Aslangul
Leader Annmarie McDade
Soloist Amber Emson
Please note that the orchestra’s COVID-safe policy makes the wearing of masks compulsory for the audience for those over 11 years of age, unless exempt.
To support social distancing, there will be no refreshments provided at this concert, however you are welcome to bring your own.