Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Spring Concert

Press release date: 25 February, 2013

The Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Adrian Brown, will be performing Liszt’s Les Préludes, Britten’s Sea Interludes and Berlioz’ Harold in Italy at their concert on Saturday 23 March.

Les Préludes is the third, and most popular, of Franz Liszt’s thirteen symphonic poems. Liszt linked his composition to a poem by Lamartine: “What is our life but a series of preludes to that unknown song of which the first note is sounded by death?…” Les Préludes is a wonderful introduction to the extraordinary world of Liszt’s orchestral music.

Benjamin Britten took four of the Sea Interludes from his dramatic opera Peter Grimes to form a separate orchestral work. Each of the Interludes evokes the sea and bleak shoreline of eastern England that Britten knew so well. The first Interlude describes the sombre atmosphere of the little fishing village at Dawn; the second portrays the call to worship on Sunday Morning; the third uses music of troubled restlessness to evoke the village at Moonlight; and, finally, the Storm describes the terrifying fury of the wind and waves crashing upon the shore.

Harold in Italy is a symphony in four movements with solo viola. Hector Berlioz said of this piece: “My idea was to write a series of orchestral scenes in which the solo viola would be involved, like an actual person, retaining the same character throughout. I decided to give it as a setting of the impressions recollected from my wanderings in the Abruzzi, and to make it a kind of melancholy dreamer in the style of Byron’s Childe Harold.” Melancholy is not the only mood of this piece, as Berlioz takes us from Harold in the Mountains to the Orgy of the Brigands. We are very pleased to welcome Diana Mathews as our soloist for this performance. Diana studied with Yuko Inoue and Matthew Souter at the Royal Academy of Music and now pursues an active performing career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Diana has won numerous prizes including the Theodore Holland Prize, Sidney Griller Memorial Prize, the Alfred Gibson Prize and the Kenneth Page Foundation Viola Competition.

The concert will be held at the Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Huntingdon, on Saturday 23 March, 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.

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