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Jun 02 2023



Season Closing Concert

Grace Williams Concert Overture

Mozart Symphony No. 39

Strauss Don Quixote

Ryan Bancroft conductor

Alice Neary cello

Rebecca Jones viola


Born in Barry, Welsh composer Grace Williams had a particular love of writing for orchestra, and her Concert Overture, which we hear today under the baton of Principal Conductor Ryan Bancroft, is a relatively early display of her gift in this genre. We hear this alongside one of Mozart’s final symphonies, his 39th, which is shrouded in mystery. Uncharacteristically Mozart in style, its slow and grand opening leads to an energetic allegro; a drifting andante bounds into the energetic Minuet, with its unforgettable tunes and bubbly arpeggiated features before jumping into the mischievous monothematic finale.

Strauss often used a story to stimulate his musical imagination, and Don Quixote, with his fantasies filled of the stories he read; of enchantments, quarrels, battles, challenges, wooings, loves and storms, provides more than adequate food for thought. Featuring Alice Neary on solo cello as Don Quixote, and Rebecca Williams on solo viola as his servant, Sancho, Strauss tells of the Don’s many escapades in this slightly barmy 10 movement tone poem.

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£15 for 1 adult and 1-2 children aged 16 and under

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£20 for 2 adults and 1-4 children aged 16 and under

Prices £20.00, £12.00

60+ £15.00. £10.00

Child/Student £5.00



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