Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra’s second concert of the 2013-2014 season will mark the Benjamin Britten centenary, with three of his most popular works – the Soirées Musicales and Matinées Musicales, tuneful arrangements of short pieces by Rossini, and the ever-popular Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.Conductor Juan Ortuno
These pieces have a special meaning for Wilmslow SO’s chairman Ros Wood who, as a young girl, played them with Britten himself conducting.
This is a concert of short and tuneful (if not necessarily easy) pieces. The oldest piece, Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, ties in with the newest, Jonathan Dove’s sparkling Magic Flute Dances, which features the orchestra’s principal flute, Alastair Roberts, as the magic flautist.
Jem Bradley is the soloist in Beethoven’s gentle Romance in F major. The Britten Young Person’s Guide was written to show off each section of the orchestra in turn – which means that everyone gets to be a soloist.
The conductor will be Juan Ortuño.
The concert takes place on Saturday 7th December at 7.45 p.m. The venue is the Evans Theatre in Wilmslow Leisure Centre.