Concerts 2018-2019

Sunday 18 November 2018, 7.30pm
Cheese and Grain, Frome

Beethoven Egmont Overture
Mozart Exsultate Jubilate
Mahler Symphony No. 4

Bryony Soothill soprano
Mark Gateshill conductor

The new concert season opens with Beethoven’s Egmont overture, written during the Napoleonic wars as part of a series of incidental music for Goethe’s play of the same name. The orchestra is then joined by soprano Bryony Soothill for a performance of Mozart’s uplifting solo motet Exsultate Jubilate. Bryony joins the orchestra again in the second half of the concert in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Mahler’s most delicate and accessible symphony, the fourth’s final movement features the song Das himmlische Leben  (“The Heavenly Life”) which represents a child’s view of heaven. 

Sunday 10 February 2019, 3.00pm
Family Concert

Details coming soon

Sunday 10 February 2019, 7.30pm
Cheese and Grain, Frome

Sibelius Valse Triste
Glière Horn Concerto
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

Luke Norland horn
Mark Gateshill conductor

Russian composer Reinhold Glière’s horn concerto was written in 1951, and is one of his most acclaimed works. Our soloist is Guildhall graduate and Frome resident Luke Norland. The concert’s opening work is the Valse Triste by Sibelius, a beautifully melodic piece which invokes the dreams of a dying woman, and remains one of the composer’s most popular works. The second half of the concert is devoted to a full performance of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, which is subtitled “An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts”. Leonard Bernstein famously described the symphony as the first musical expedition into psychedelia because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature, and because history suggests Berlioz composed at least a portion of it under the influence of opium. According to Bernstein, “Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral.”

Sunday 12 May 2019, 7.30pm
Cheese and Grain, Frome

Holst The Perfect Fool
Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto
Schumann Symphony No. 3

James Watts Oboe
Mark Gateshill Conductor

The Perfect Fool was Holst’s one act opera written not long after he had completed The Planets after the first world war. Although the opera was not successful and is rarely performed, the opening four-movement Ballet Suite which we perform tonight remains one of Holst’s most popular works. Frome-based musician and educator James Watts is soloist in the Oboe Concerto by Vaughan Williams, written during the second world war. Schumann’s Symphony no. 3, written in 1850, captures scenes of life on the river Rhine, and has stylistic similarities to Beethoven’s Eroica which we will be performing in our July concert.

Sunday 14 July 2018, 7.30pm
Cheese and Grain, Frome
Frome Festival

Mozart Don Giovanni Overture
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Eroica

David Pagett Clarinet
Mark Gateshill conductor

On the closing night of Frome Festival, we are pleased to bring a programme of popular works by Mozart and Beethoven. Following the overture to Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, we are joined by David Pagett for the sublime Clarinet Concerto, one of Mozart’s last completed works. To round the season off, we will perform one of the most significant symphonic works, Beethoven’s Eroica, which paved the way for the development of the romantic symphony during the 19th century. In a recent survey of contemporary conductors, the Eroica was named the greatest symphony of all time. Originally dedicated to Napolean Bonaparte, Beethoven apparently withdrew the dedication in a fit of rage when Napolean declared himself Emperor. Tickets for this concert will go on sale in May 2019 with the launch of the Frome Festival programme, and early booking is recommended. Subscription Ticket holders have guaranteed entry to this event.

Cheese and Grain Concerts
Concerts take place in the Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome, BA11 1BN. Tickets cost £12 (adult) and £5 (under 18). They can be purchased in advance in person at the Cheese and Grain box office or by calling 01373 455420. Tickets can also be purchased for cash on the door, subject to availability. Ticketing arrangements for the family concert will be advertised in due course.

Subscription tickets for the whole season are available at a discount to the individual ticket prices. Details here.