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Concert 142: Saturday 17 January 2015 at 19:30
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Radovan Cavallin, clarinet
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet (1869 version) 109
Stanford Clarinet Concerto (Radovan Cavallin)
Saint Saens Symphony no 3 "Organ" (Kate Adcock) 14
As well as the rarely played original of the three versions of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture, we welcome as our soloist Radovan Cavallin, principal clarinet with the Gran Canaria Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Clarinet at the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands. In the Saint Saens organ Symphony, the soloist is orchestra member and former Queens College Organ Scholar Kate Adcock.

Concert 143: Saturday 18 April 2015 at 19:30
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Rebecca Herman, cello
Sibelius Finlandia 27
Schumann Cello Concerto (Rebecca Herman)
Bruckner Symphony no 4 in E flat "Romantic"
Rebecca completed her Masters at the Royal Academy, and prior to that studied at Chetham's School of Music, Corpous Christi College Cambridge, and the prestigious Eastman Eastman School of Music in the USA. Rebecca has already won numerous prizes and awards, and was selected as the principal cellist of the 2012 London Sinfonietta Academy. Rebecca has recently been playing with The Philiharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Northern Ballet. Also in our concert we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius with his ever-popular and patriotic Finlandia.

Concert 144: Sunday 26 April 2015 from 11:30 to 19:00 (concert at approx 17:15)
 "Maestro 2015 Conducting Masterclass" 
Silk Hall, Radley College, near Abingdon


Peter Stark, conductor

Suppé The Beautiful Galatea: Overture
Strauss, J II Emperor Waltz
Strauss, J II Die Fledermaus: Overture
Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld: Overture
St Giles Orchestra has been invited to partner with the Abingdon Music Festival, for "Maestro 2015" - a conducting competition led by internationally recognised expert Peter Stark. Maestro is based on the BBC programmes of the same name to which Peter was series consultant. For Maestro 2009 and 2011 the participating musicians were aged between 15-22 years, and Maestro 2013 focused on a conducting masterclass for musicians aged 25 years and over. Many of the conductors had no previous conducting experience. Maestro is open to the public and anyone is welcome to come and watch all or any part of the day. Past audiences have thoroughly enjoyed watching the conductors develop as a result of Peter's inspiring coaching. SGO's Conductor and Musical Director, Geoffrey Bushell, observed all the masterclasses and assisted Peter in selecting a winner. The first prize is the opportunity to conduct Verdi's Force of Destiny Overture with SGO in April 2016. The runner-up will win a two-hour rehearsal conducting SGO.

Concert 145: Saturday 20 June 2015 at 19:30
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Emma Griffiths, soprano
Goldmark Sakuntala Overture
Grieg Seven Orchestral Songs including Solveig's Song from Peer Gynt (Emma Griffiths) 60
Sibelius Symphony no 1 in E minor
Rachmaninov Vocalise (Emma Griffiths)
Emma Griffiths was a member of the Bicester Choral and Operatic Society, where she has sung solos and performed in shows such as Calamity Jane. She studied at Coventry University reading Music Performance and Professional Practice. We also continue to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius, plus the 100th anniversary of the unjustly neglected Hungarian composer Karl Goldmark. Emma will return at the end for the delicious Vocalise by Rachmaninov.

Concert 146: Saturday 7 November 2015 at 19:30
Cornerstone, Didcot 


Cornerstone, Didcot
"Magic and Mystery" - a programme of classical musical that goes bump in the night.
Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain
Saint Saens Danse Macabre
Williams, John Harry Potter Symphonic Suite
Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Dvorak The Noonday Witch
Rachmaninov The Isle of the Dead

Concert 147: Saturday 23 January 2016 at 19:30
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Suppé Light Cavalry Overture
Sibelius King Cristian Suite: Elegie
Korngold Violin Concerto (Leo Appel)
Dvorak Symphony no 7 in D minor
We welcome exciting young soloist Leo Appel to play the demanding but popular and enjoyable Violin Concerto by Erich Korngold.

Concert 148: Saturday 17 April 2016 at 19:30
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Johannes Brahms
Verdi Force of Destiny: Overture (to be conducted by the winner of the 2015 Maestro Conducting Competition)
Delius Irmelin: Prelude
Ippolitov Ivanov Caucasian Sketches
Brahms Piano Concerto no 1 in D minor (Bethe Levvy)
After her SGO debut with the Brahms Piano Concerto no 2, Oxford pianist Bethe Levvy returns to play the First Concerto.

Concert 149: Saturday 18 June 2016 at 19:30
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Jacqui Johnson, cello
Duparc Lenore
Bruch Canzone (Jacqui Johnson)
Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations (Jacqui Johnson)
Delius Florida Suite
Oxfordshire cellist Jacqui Johnson plays Tchaikovsky's ever popular Rococo Variations, plus the little known but tuneful Canzone by Max Bruch. There is also a rare opportunity to hear Delius's Florida Suite - arguably the closest he came to writing a symphony.

Concert 150: November 2016
Cornerstone, Didcot 

Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone, Didcot
"Romeo and Juliet" - Classical music to celebrate a pair of star-crossed lovers, also celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.
Delius A Village Romeo and Juliet: Walk to the Paradise Garden
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet: Suite no 2
Gounod Romeo et Juliette: Ballet Music
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture

Concert 151: January 2017
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Irmina Trynkos, violin
Glazunov Poeme Lyrique
Brahms Violin Concerto (Irmina Trynkos) 138
Dvorak Symphony no 4 in D minor
International violin vituoso Irmina Trynkos, who has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Naxos, joins us for the Brahms Violin Concerto, and we complete our cycle of the mature symphonies of Dvorak with the tuneful Fourth.

Concert 152: April 2017
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Sergei Rachmaninov
Berlioz Hungarian March
Litolff Concerto Symphonique: Scherzo and Adagio Religioso (Bethe Levvy) 211
Addinsell Warsaw Concerto (Bethe Levvy) 146
Rachmaninov Symphony no 2 in E minor 32
This programme features the popular Warsaw Concerto and two movements from the Litolff concerto that contains the famous scherzo. Rachmaninov's Second Symphony is unmissable.

Concert 153: June 2017
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 


Sir Edward Elgar
Svendsen Zorahayda
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K297b (Estevan Ellul, oboe; Jackie Bushell, clarinet; horn to be announced; Jonathan Ross, bassoon)
Elgar Enigma Variations
Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen opens our concert with his unjustly neglected Zorahayda, a love story between a Moorish princess and a Christian Knight. Elgar's Enigma Variations remain one of the most popular pieces of classical music of all time.

Concert 154: November 2017
Cornerstone, Didcot 

Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone, Didcot
“By the Sleepy Lagoon (Desert Island Discs)” - a celebration of British Light Classical Music by Coates, Elgar and many others made famous in TV and radio signature tunes.
Eric Coates London Everyday Suite
Ronald Binge Elizabethan Serenade
Eric Coates By the Sleepy Lagoon (Desert Island Discs)
Eric Coates Calling All Workers (Mrs Dale's Diary)
Vivian Ellis Coronation Scot
Eric Coates Three Bears Phantasy
Edward Elgar The Starlight Express: Waltz
Percy Grainger Londonderry Air
Edward Elgar Dream Children
Vaughan Williams Fantasy on Greensleeves
Coleridge-Taylor Petite Suite de Concert

Concert 155: January 2018
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Irmina Trynkos, violin

Johann Strauss II

Strauss, J II Die Fledermaus: Overture
Waghalter Violin Concerto (Irmina Trynkos)
Waghalter Rhapsody (Irmina Trynkos)
Massenet Thais: Meditation (Irmina Trynkos) 105
Strauss, J II Roses from the South
Strauss, J II Burning Love Polka
Strauss, J II Morning Papers
Strauss, J II Wine, Woman and Song
Strauss, J II Wiener Blut
Strauss, J II Voices of Spring
International violin vituoso Irmina Trynkos returns to play the long lost Violin Concerto by Ignatz Waghalter (1881-1949), after her acclaimed Naxos recording of the work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. We are hoping that the concert will be attended by Waghalter's grandson David Green who has been instrumental in promoting his grandfather's works on their rediscovery almost 100 years since they were written and first performed.

Concert 156: April 2018
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Mary Pope, soprano
Richard Wagner
Wagner Das Rheingold: Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
Bizet Carmen: Excerpts (Mary Pope, soprano) 101
Shostakovich Jazz Suite no 2 94
Wagner Gotterdammerung: Brunhilde's Immolation Scene and Finale (Mary Pope) 219
We welcome a return visit of soprano Mary Pope (after a long gap!) to sing the contrasting repertoire of Bizet's lyrical Carmen and the dramatic end of Wagner's Ring cycle.

Concert 157: June 2018
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Sir Edward Elgar
Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld: Overture
Suk Fairy Tale
Elgar The Music Makers (choir and soloist to be announced)
A rare opportunity to hear the unjustly neglected Fairy Tale by Josef Suk and Elgar's stirring "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams".

Concert 158: January 2019
St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford 

Golden Spinning Wheel
Dvorak The Golden Spinning Wheel
Mendelssohn Two Concert Pieces for two clarinets (Peter Newman, Jackie Bushell)
Brahms Symphony no 4 213
We could have called this concert "Master and Pupil" as Jackie Bushell and her former teacher Peter Newman are performing together for the first time since they met over 30 years ago. Dvorak's tone picture "The Golden Spinning Wheel" is not often played but has some memorable tunes, and the ever-popular Fourth Symphony of Brahms is not to be missed.