Patriotic music and a world premiere at jubilee concert on Friday

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 26, 2012 05:49 PM |
An evening of English composers old and new on 29 June.
Patriotic music and a world premiere at jubilee concert on Friday

English composers and their facial hair no.1: Sir Edward Elgar

Knighton Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Paul Jenkins (from our Department of Chemistry) and in association with Embrace Arts, presents a programme of patriotic music this Friday, 29 June 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. Works by Edward Elgar, Arthur Bliss and Gerald Finzi complement the world premiere of a new piece by Leicestershire-born 19-year-old composer James Garner, a rising star of the classical world*.

Garner’s talent for composition became apparent when he was a pupil at Groby Community Specialist Language College. Last year he accepted a scholarship from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which meant he had to turn down the scholarships he was offered by the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire! This talented young man has written choral, orchestra, chamber and solo works including pieces for Leicestershire Chorale and Leicester Cathedral Choir.

The work premiering this week is called Stickle Tarn, named after and evoking a magnificent lake in Cumbria. It has been composed for flute, clarinet, timpani and strings and Garner considers it, “my boldest compositional accomplishment so far.”

Sir Arthur Bliss: a more refined 'tache

The programme leads off with Sir Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings in E Minor op.20, one of the composer’s earliest compositions, first performed in 1892. Gerald Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto op.31 is probably his best-known and most popular work, dating from 1949. Christine Taylor is the soloist for this piece.

Then, after the world premiere of Stickle Tarn, the concert finishes with the 1929 Pastoral by Sir Arthur Bliss, a tremendous work featuring the New England Chorale, mezzo-soprano Norma Fender and local flautist Dana Morgan. There is a local connection here because Bliss worked extensively with the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. In fact, one member of the KCO, Mrs Stephanie Fraser, has vivid memories of meeting Bliss when the LSSO toured the Isle of Man in 1971.

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James Garner: barely old enough to shave

Friday’s concert takes place at Fraser Noble Hall on London Road, kick-off 7.30pm, and will be introduced by the Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Peter Carr, who will briefly discuss the Jubilee festivities in the city and county. Tickets are £8, concessions £6, from the Embrace Arts Box Office (0116 252 2455) or the Tourist Information Centre (0116 299 4444) or on the door. And if you can’t make it on Friday, the KCO, the Chorale and the soloists will all repeat the performance on Saturday at Enderby Parish Church.

On the other hand if you do make it to the Friday concert and are still feeling patriotic 24 hours later, you can return to Fraser Noble Hall for a second Jubilee Concert by popular chamber choir Cantamici. They will be performing Handel’s Coronation Anthems, Taverner’s Song for Athene, Mealor’s Ubi Caritas and pieces by Purcell, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Wesley and Hubert Parry. Tickets £10/£8, eyes down for a full house at 7.30pm

*And a mean accordion player, by all accounts

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