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Winchmore String Orchestra Concert in aid of Alzheimer's Society

Entente Cordiale

Add to my Calendar 13-07-2019 19:30 13-07-2019 21:30 36 Winchmore String Orchestra Concert in aid of Alzheimer's Society ENTENTE CORDIALE Brexit or no Brexit, there are some dates in the history of our European neighbours whose significance transcends national boundaries. One of these is 14 July, France’s national day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris on that day in 1789, the emblematic event of the French Revolution. Our summer concert this year falls on the eve of that date, so our programme is designed to mark that celebration in the spirit of the “entente cordiale”-- the “cordial understanding”which Britain and France reached over a century ago and which has remained solid during two world wars and beyond, as the recent anniversary of D-Day has reminded us. Five of the eight composers in the programme are French, and most of their works to be played will be almost as familiar on this side of the Channel as on the other. Claude DEBUSSY is represented by two items – his folk-like The girl with flaxen hair and his pair of pieces written for the harp, Sacred dance and profane dance – and his near-contemporaryGabriel FAURÉ by his Elegy for cello and strings, in which the soloist will be Anthony Gamage, the leader of the WSO’s cello section. Maurice RAVEL figures with his hauntingly poignant Pavane on the death of a Spanish princess, and there are pieces by Georges BIZET-- the Farandole from his second L’Arlésienne suite -- and Erik SATIE -- the beguilingGymnopédie No 1, a piano piece transcribed for harp and orchestra. The harp is a link between the French and English repertoire in the programme, the latter containing Edward ELGAR’s Sospiri (meaning “sighs”) for harp and strings. Our soloist in this and the other pieces involving the instrument is Jessie-May Wilson. The programme also includes a working of the Irish tune Danny Boy by Percy GRAINGER and the youthful, brilliant Simple Symphony by Benjamin BRITTEN.    Winchmore Hill Methodist Church, London DD/MM/YYYY

Details

Winchmore Hill Methodist Church
Green Lanes
London
N13 4EP
England


Programme

Georges BizetL'Arlésienne Suite no.2: Farandole (arr. Merle Isaac)
Gabriel FauréElegy for Cello and Strings, Op.24
Erik SatieGymnopédie no.1
Claude DebussyThe Girl With The Flaxen Hair
Maurice RavelPavane pour une infante défunte
Claude DebussyDanse sacree et danse profane
~ Interval ~
Edward ElgarSospiri, Op.70
Percy GraingerIrish Tune from County Derry
Benjamin BrittenSimple Symphony, Op.4

Performers

Michael Coleby – Conductor
Jessie May Wilson – harp
Tony Gamage – cello

Winchmore String Orchestra

Programme Note

ENTENTE CORDIALE

Brexit or no Brexit, there are some dates in the history of our European neighbours whose significance transcends national boundaries. One of these is 14 July, France’s national day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris on that day in 1789, the emblematic event of the French Revolution.

Our summer concert this year falls on the eve of that date, so our programme is designed to mark that celebration in the spirit of the “entente cordiale”-- the “cordial understanding”which Britain and France reached over a century ago and which has remained solid during two world wars and beyond, as the recent anniversary of D-Day has reminded us.

Five of the eight composers in the programme are French, and most of their works to be played will be almost as familiar on this side of the Channel as on the other. Claude DEBUSSY is represented by two items – his folk-like The girl with flaxen hair and his pair of pieces written for the harp, Sacred dance and profane dance – and his near-contemporaryGabriel FAURÉ by his Elegy for cello and strings, in which the soloist will be Anthony Gamage, the leader of the WSO’s cello section. Maurice RAVEL figures with his hauntingly poignant Pavane on the death of a Spanish princess, and there are pieces by Georges BIZET-- the Farandole from his second L’Arlésienne suite -- and Erik SATIE -- the beguilingGymnopédie No 1, a piano piece transcribed for harp and orchestra.

The harp is a link between the French and English repertoire in the programme, the latter containing Edward ELGAR’s Sospiri (meaning “sighs”) for harp and strings. Our soloist in this and the other pieces involving the instrument is Jessie-May Wilson. The programme also includes a working of the Irish tune Danny Boy by Percy GRAINGER and the youthful, brilliant Simple Symphony by Benjamin BRITTEN. 

 

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