Saturday 16th March 2024
Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man
Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” is a powerful and poignant choral work that addresses the devastating consequences of war and the yearning for peace. Premiered in the year 2000, the composition is structured as a mass, combining traditional Latin texts with contemporary and multicultural influences.
“The Armed Man” reflects Jenkins’ signature style of blending classical, world music, and modern elements, creating a harmonious fusion of sounds that resonates with audiences worldwide. Its universal message of peace and reconciliation continues to strike a chord with listeners, making it a widely performed and cherished piece in the contemporary choral repertoire.
Through its emotive melodies and thought-provoking themes it serves as a poignant reminder of the human cost of conflict and the enduring aspiration for a world united in harmony and compassion.
Saturday 23rd March 2024
Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino Overture
Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” Overture is a mesmerizing and powerful musical prelude to his eponymous opera. This overture encapsulates the tragic tale of love, fate, and revenge.
Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” is a virtuosic and captivating work for piano and orchestra. Based on a theme from Niccolò Paganini’s Violin Caprice No. 24, Rachmaninov takes the simple melody and weaves an intricate tapestry of 24 variations, each displaying his exceptional skill at the piano and melodic inventiveness.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana (Intermezzo)
Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” Intermezzo paints a vivid picture of the Sicilian countryside, transporting listeners and has become a beloved concert piece in its own right, frequently performed as a standalone work by orchestras worldwide.
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” is a mesmerizing and innovative orchestral work, composed in 1899. Consisting of a theme and fourteen variations, the piece is a heartfelt tribute to Elgar’s friends and acquaintances, each variation representing a musical portrait of a specific individual.
Saturday 29th June 2024
Georges Bizet: Carmen
“Carmen” is set in the vibrant world of Seville, Spain, and revolves around the tempestuous relationship between the captivating gypsy, Carmen, and the passionate soldier, Don José. Their love affair is fueled by desire, jealousy, and fate, leading to a tragic and unforgettable conclusion.
Bizet’s music is a captivating blend of French lyricism and Spanish folk influences, bringing to life the sultry rhythms of the Habanera and the thrilling melodies of the Toreador Song. The orchestra weaves a rich tapestry of emotion, seamlessly connecting the characters’ inner turmoil with the fiery Spanish setting.
The opera’s iconic arias and ensembles, including “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Habanera) and “Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre” (Toreador Song), have transcended time and culture, becoming beloved classics of the operatic repertoire.
Let us sweep you away by the passion, drama, and unforgettable music that have made this opera a timeless favourite. Witness the tragedy and allure of Carmen’s character as she navigates her tumultuous fate, and experience the indelible impact of Bizet’s Carmen as it continues to captivate audiences across the globe.
Multi Buy Discounts (Previously called “Season Tickets”)
We have reached the halfway point of the current season! With three concerts remaining, the multi-buy offer is no longer available.
This offer provided a 15% discount for booking four concerts or a 20% discount for booking all six.
The offer will return next season.