The Festival Academy Orchestra
Thomas Hull conductor
Sarah Connolly mezzo soprano
Masque et Bergamasques Op.112
Nuits d’été Op.7
Symphony No.3 in A minor Op.56
For the first Academy Orchestra concert of 2019, it gives me enormous pleasure to welcome the magnificent Sarah Connolly to Chipping Campden. In the course of her amazing career Sarah has won many awards, including the Incorporated Society of Musicians Distinguished Musician Award, and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award.
Berlioz Les nuits d’été (Summer Nights) was written in 1841 and was originally for voice and piano, but Berlioz orchestrated one of the songs in 1843, and the other five in 1856. This orchestrated version is the one more commonly performed today and has become one of his best loved works.
We also hear the beautiful Masque et Bergamasques, Fauré’s final work for orchestra, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3 which, although designated the 3rd was, of the five he wrote, the last to be completed.
“She (Sarah Connolly) is unrivalled: simply the best, most exciting, most galvanising performer we have today” The Independent
Website for Sarah Connolly http://www.sarah-connolly.com
Reserved £40 & £35, Unreserved £24, Students £1
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