Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Number 8 Arts Centre
High Street
WR10 1BG


Claude DebussyDanse sacree et danse profane
Maurice RavelIntroduction et Allegro
Claude DebussyDeux Arabesques, L.66
Erik Satie3 Gymnopédies
Camille Saint-SaënsCarnival of the Animals: The Swan
Camille Saint-SaënsFantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op.124
Maurice RavelLe tombeau de Couperin, orchestra
Claude DebussyThe Girl With The Flaxen Hair
Maurice RavelPavane pour une infante défunte


David Le Page – violin / director
Eleanor Turner – harp

Orchestra of the Swan

Programme Note

Although its ‘secular’ half is tinged with a Spanish zing, there is little doubt that Debussy was influenced by Satie’s most famous composition for the ‘sacred’ portion of his ravishing work – commissioned for a clever new type of harp (which never took off). Saint-Saëns, however, was inspired by a vacation on the Italian Riviera (and, of course, our ensemble’s favourite and most graceful bird). Ravel, though, looked to the Baroque for his memorial: whilst his wonderful Introduction and Allegro – commissioned by a rival classical harp manufacturer (who won the day) – was written at speed to avoid missing a boating holiday!

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