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


Oxford Town Hall
Saint Aldate's


Edward ElgarCockaigne Overture, Op.40
York BowenViola Concerto in C minor, Op.25
~ Interval ~
Gustav HolstThe Planets, Op.32


Robert Max – Conductor
Lawrence Power – viola

Oxford Symphony Orchestra

Programme Note

Elgar's Overture Cockaigne is an affectionate portrait of London at the time of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897. It captures the romance and excitement of the city in celebratory mood.

York Bowen's Viola Concerto is one of the, still not widely known, treasures of a late romantic English composer whose music fell foul of twentieth century artistic fashion. Our soloist, Lawrence Power, is one of the most highly regarded violists. His exemplary recording of this tuneful, energetic and beguiling work was described The Times as 'beyond criticism'.

Holst's name is known throughout the world for his much-loved suite The Planets. Its attractive and imaginatively scored music symbolises the unfolding experience of life from youth to old age through the astrological associations of the celestial bodies.

Lawrence Power

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