Hunts Phil in Carnival Mood

Press release date: 13 April, 2012

Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture is the first of three Romantic favourites to be performed by the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Adrian Brown, at their concert on Saturday 12 May.

A real orchestral showpiece, this exhilarating overture captures the atmosphere of Carnival time in Rome with a swirling saltarello dance. At first carefully intertwined with the melody of a rhapsodic love duet, the two themes are eventually combined in a breathtaking finish.

Mendelssohn composed his Violin Concerto for his friend, violinist Ferdinand David, who gave it its first performance in 1845. The concerto became instantly popular with audiences and violinists alike, and it is still a firm favourite today. We are very pleased to welcome Mathieu van Bellen as our soloist for this performance. As a student Mathieu won numerous prizes, including the Bach Prize and the String Player of the Year 2008 at the Royal College of Music. He has now embarked upon a successful international career, giving concerts in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, premiered in 1888, has all of the elements of brooding Romanticism that make his last three symphonies so popular. Each movement is linked by the same “motto” theme, but each, too, has its own personality. The intense and melancholy first movement is followed by the lyrical second movement, slower and hauntingly expressive. Movement three is a flowing waltz melody, straight out of the world of ballet, whilst the fourth movement transforms the “motto” theme into a heroic finale.

The concert will be held at the Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Huntingdon, on Saturday 12 May, beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets, £12 (students £6), are available from Anabel Capon on 07940 785980, by emailing and will also be available on the door.

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Contact: Jenny Robertshaw

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