A Summertime Soirée, Serenade and Symphony: Huntingdonshire Philharmonic perform works by Britten, Vaughan Williams and Borodin

6th July 2013

Press release date: 30 May, 2013

The audience is in for a real treat when Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, under the baton of conductor Adrian Brown, perform Britten’s Soirées Musicales, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Symphony No. 2 in Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Huntingdon on Saturday 6th July at 7:30pm.

Britten’s Soirées Musicales is a sparkling orchestral suite based on themes by Rossini. It revels in dance rhythms and demonstrates not only Britten’s orchestral mastery but also his tongue-in-cheek sense of humour.

The Serenade to Music is one of Vaughan Williams’s most beautiful short choral pieces. It was composed as a special tribute to the conductor Sir Henry Wood, who inaugurated the Promenade Concerts. The words extolling the virtues of music are taken from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene 1, an evocative scene between the two lovers Lorenzo and Jessica.

The colourful Polovtsian Dances are perhaps the best known selections from Alexander Borodin’s dramatic opera Prince Igor, and some of their most memorable themes were later incorporated into the musical Kismet. Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 was composed at the same time as Prince Igor and has many melodic resemblances to it. One of the boldest and most colourful symphonies of the nineteenth century, this powerful and dramatic symphony full of Russian vigour and excitement is among Borodin’s greatest and most important works.

The concert will be held at the Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Brampton Road, Huntingdon, PE29 3BN on Saturday 6th July, beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets, £12 (students £6), are available from Anabel Capon on 01832 274834, by emailing and will also be available on the door.

If you are interested in joining the choir or orchestra, you can find out more by visiting


Contact: Jenny Robertshaw

Back to news