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NEXT CONCERTS

 2  Sunday 14 October 2018 at 16.00

  Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NE

Following our very successful inaugural concert in February 2018, we begin our second concert with a rare gem by Croydon composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor at the suggestion of Elgar. We follow this with Elgar's immortal Cello Concerto – practically his last work, and full of mourning for a lost world after the first world war. Soloist Jacqueline Johnson then treats us to an orchestration by world-famous cellist Lynn Harrell of Victor Herbert's short piano piece "Yesterthoughts", and we end the concert with Dvorak's happy and tuneful Sixth Symphony.
Coleridge-TaylorBallade in A minor
ElgarCello Concerto (Jacqueline Johnson)
HerbertYesterthoughts (Jacqueline Johnson)
DvorakSymphony no 6 in D

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 3  Sunday 3 March 2019 at 16.00

  Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NE

We begin our third concert with the popular and effervescent overture to Glinka's opera Russlan and Ludmilla. Then comes an unjustly neglected gem by Glazunov – his tuneful Poème Lyrique, and the first half ends with Mussorgsky's epic Night on the Bare Mountain – depicting a witches' sabbath, and full of contrasts and innovation. The concert also includes one of the most popular symphonies of all time – Tchaikovsky's Fifth. Who can resist hearing the famous horn solo in the second movement?
GlinkaRusslan and Ludmilla Overture
GlazunovPoème Lyrique
MussorgskyNight on the Bare Mountain
TchaikovskySymphony no 5 in E minor

 4  Sunday 9 June 2019 at 16.00

  Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NE

Our third concert begins with the quintessentially English Rhapsody "A Shropshire Lad" whose unique atmosphere leaves us wondering what future masterpieces Butterworth (a teacher at Radley College) would have written had he not been kllled on the Somme. Then comes a superb but rarely-played gem by Josef Suk – Dvorak's son-in-law – whose Fairy Tale is a broad melodic tapestry that relates the path of true love. We end the concert with Franck's evergreen Symphony in D minor, which has delighted audiences for 130 years.
ButterworthA Shropshire Lad
SukFairy Tale - suite for large orchestra
FranckSymphony in D minor

 5  Sunday 6 October 2019 at 16.00

  Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NE

We begin our fourth concert with a symphonic fantasy by Rachmaninov – The Rock – depicting with vivid orchestration the meeting of a young girl and an older man during a Christmas Eve blizzard, and much admired by Tchaikovsky. Wagner's opera Tannhauser describes the struggle between sacred and profane love - we play a synthesis of the opera's two most famous orchestral excerpts. The concert ends with Rimsky-Korsakov's dazzling masterpiece Scheherazade, in which the solo violin part is played by DCO's Leader, Kate Bailey.
RachmaninovThe Rock - Symphonic Fantasia
WagnerTannhauser: Prelude and Venusberg Music
Rimsky-KorsakovScheherazade

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Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone, Didcot
Cornerstone Arts Centre
25 Station Road
Didcot
OX11 7NE

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Conductor & Musical Director
Geoff Bushell
Didcot, Oxfordshire
01235 818848
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Geoff Bushell, Conductor and Musical Director, Didcot Concert Orchestra