WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
BARBER Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2
John Andrews – conductor
Clare Howick – violin
Described by American Record Guide as “simply spectacular”, internationally acclaimed violinist Clare Howick is at the forefront of a generation of inspiring violinists. She joins conductor John Andrews for a performance of American composer Samuel Barber’s beautiful Violin Concerto in our season-closing concert. Completed in 1939, it is the soulful, intense middle movement of the concerto that guarantees its enduring popularity.
When Richard Wagner’s wife Cosima awoke on Christmas day 1870 to celebrate her 33rd birthday, a group of 17 musicians had assembled on the stairs leading to her bedroom. With her husband conducting, the musicians played “a symphonic birthday greeting to his Cosima from her Richard.” This was later renamed the Siegfried Idyll. It is a delicate and peaceful work and one of the composer’s few non-operatic pieces.
In the summer of 1801, while composing his Symphony No. 2 in D major, Beethoven revealed the secret of his deteriorating hearing in a long and passionate letter to his childhood friend Franz Wegeler, but the work’s boundless humour and vitality gives no clue as to his despair. It is a noteworthy, colossal symphony of depth and power, which has established itself as a much-loved cornerstone of the repertoire.
Join us for a pre-concert talk at 7pm.
Tickets: £12 adults, £10 concessions, Students £5, Under 18s free
Book by phone: 020 8428 5924
At the door (subject to availability)
For details of how to get to the concert venue, including parking, public transport and access information, please visit How to Find Us