Tuesday 19th May 2020, 7.30pm (ends approx 9.20pm)
St James' Church, Chipping Campden

The Festival Academy Orchestra

Thomas Hull conductor
Ruth Rogers leader
Steven Isserlis cello

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Haydn

Symphony No.87 in A major (21’)

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Holst

Symphony in F, Op.8  The Cotswolds  (27’)

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Elgar

Cello concerto E minor, Op.85 (30’)

As always, the Festival Academy Orchestra will be under the baton of their inspirational conductor Thomas Hull and hugely experienced leader Ruth Rogers. The three concerts this week are the culmination of months of auditioning, and preparation. I was so delighted when Steven Isserlis readily agreed to return to the festival this year for a performance of Elgar’s glorious cello concerto. Steven regular plays concertos with the world’s greatest orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, London Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. We also hear Haydn’s symphony No.87 in A major and the little known but fascinating ‘Cotswolds’ symphony of Holst, the second movement of which is an elegy written in honour of William Morris, who had died in 1896. We expect an enormous demand for tickets for this concert so please book early.

 

“… this is one of those performances where everything hits the spot … [Isserlis] gets the mood exactly right, playing with an appealing blend of warmth and resignation. The flamboyant passages sparkle, and the last movement’s devastating backward glance is a belter. [Elgar, Cello Concerto]” The Arts Desk

Tickets:

Reserved £40 & £35
Unreserved £25
Students £1