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Charnwood Orchestra

Saturday 30th June, 2018, 7.30pm

Charnwood Orchestra

Charnwood Orchestra


The final concert for the Charnwood Orchestra 2017/18 season sees the Orchestra performing a varied programme of works by Dvorak, Korngold and Tchaikovsky.

Dvorak: The Noon Witch
Korngold: Violin Concerto Soloist Fenella Humphreys
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 "Pathetique"
Vaughan Williams: Overture "The Wasps"
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto
Gustav Holst: The Planets

Antonin Dvorak - The Noon Witch

A symphonic poem with the music following the story closely to illustrate the characters and events. A mother warns her son that if he does not behave she will summon the Noon Witch to take him away (oboe and bass clarinet are used to depict the misbehaving child and the witch respectively). Of course, the son does not behave, and the witch arrives at the stroke of noon (strokes of a bell). The mother thinks the Witch is going to take the child. The mother, terrified, grabs her son, and the witch begins chasing them. (use of different time signatures to add drama to the chase). Finally the mother grasping her child, faints. Later in the day, the father comes home to find his wife, grasping the dead body of their son in her arms. The mother has accidentally smothered the son while protecting him from the witch. The story ends with the fathers sorrow at the terrible events.

Eric Korngolg - Violin Concerto; Soloist Fenella Humphreys

The Orchestra welcomes leading violinist Fenella Humphreys in what promises to be a dazzling performance of Korngold's concerto. Fenella is in growing demand combining a busy career performing solo and chamber works. Composed in 1945, the concerto is in 3 movements, Moderato, Romanze and Allegro Vivace. Korngold draws on his film scores for themes, with an expansive scoring for the orchestra. It was premiered in 1947, by Jascha Heifet.

Tchaikovksy - Symphony No.6 "Pathetique".

The Symphony is in 4 movements, but needs no introduction having remained a popular choice amongst concert audiences ever since its premiere in October 1893, just nine days before the composer's death. Such is the popularity of the work that themes have found their way into popular culture in variety of ways, from films, songs, cartoons, video games and the 2010 winter Olympic closing ceremony.

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