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Shire Hall
St Peter's Square


Joseph HaydnSymphony no.60 in C major 'Il Distratto', Hob.I:60
Darius MilhaudLe boeuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof), Op.58
Astor PiazzollaThree Tangos
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSymphony no.39 in E flat major, K.543


Kenneth Woods – conductor
Zoe Beyers – violin

English Symphony Orchestra

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Programme Note

The English Symphony Orchestra begin their third season of popular Shirehall Sunday concerts with what might be Haydn’s funniest work, The Distracted Gentleman. The absurd and surreal tone of the concert continues with Milhaud’s jovial and bizarre ballet brimming with the sounds of Brazil, and the South American flavour of the concert also includes three tangos by Piazzolla, both featuring Zoë Beyers, English Symphony Orchestra's newly appointed leader and one of the most exciting violinists in the UK. The concert concludes with Mozart’s humorous and rustic 39th symphony.

“… possibly the funniest and most modern symphony ever written. Haydn uses most of the 20th century ‘isms’ in this piece- surrealism, absurdism, modernism, poly-stylise, and hops effortlessly between tightly integrated symphonic argument and rapid-fire cinematic jump-cutting”

Conductor Kenneth Woods.

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