Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Northampton Symphony Orchestra concert

18 July 2012

The final concert of the Northampton Symphony Orchestra’s season is always a free Sunday afternoon performance to the Friends of the Orchestra. This is a lovely way to thank the Friends for their support throughout the year while also providing the orchestra with the opportunity to explore repertoire that might not easily fit into a standard concert. This year the Friends concert featured Wagner’s rousing ‘Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin’ and the mighty ‘March Slave’ by Tchaikovsky. We also played two pieces with Spanish themes written by French composers – the delightful ‘Espana’ by Chabrier, with its flamenco syncopation, and ‘Carmen Suite No 2’ by Bizet, featuring an excellent off-stage trumpet solo by Nick Bunker. This was a short but heavy programme with some great tunes and powerful themes. I’m not sure whether our audience in the Cripps Hall at Northampton School for Boys chose to cluster at the back of the stalls because the view is better from there or actually started sitting at the front and were propelled backwards by the volume of the music! It was a lovely concert and a nice way to end our 2011-12 season.

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