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Concerts

Season Tickets for the 2017/18 Season are priced at £40.50 (adults) and £20.25 (students). Please email tickets@farnboroughsymphony.org.uk for more details and general ticket enquiries.

Fidelio Trio play Beethoven

Saturday 19 January 2019, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Guest Conductor: Johann Stuckenbruck
Soloist: The Fidelio Trio

Beethoven: Overture Leonora No. 3
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (Rhenish)

The FSO's opening concert of 2019 is a celebration of the number 3! The principal work of the first half is Beethoven's Triple Concerto, scored for piano trio (violin, cello, piano) and orchestra and composed in 1803. We are very excited to welcome the Fidelio Trio as soloists. Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world. The other major work in the programme is Schumann's Symphony No. 3, which was premiered on 6 February 1851 in Düsseldorf, conducted by Schumann himself. Although it received mixed reviews, ranging from praise without qualification to bewilderment, the audience on the night apparently applauded between every movement and shouted "hurrah" at the end. To preside over the three works in the programme we are delighted to welcome guest conductor, Johann Stuckenbruck, who has recently completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music and who is currently working as Assistant Conductor at Glyndebourne. He will no doubt be hoping for an equally enthusiastic (but possibly more restrained) audience response.

Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony

Saturday 16 March 2019, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Children: £6.75
Farnham Maltings, Farnham, GU9 7QR - Venue Map

Conductor: William Carslake
Soloist: Nathan Winters (Clarinet)

Nielsen: Helios Overture
Finzi: Clarinet Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (Pathétique)

To the excitement of all in the orchestra, our March concert will mark the FSO debut of Nathan Winters, our principal clarinetist, as a concerto soloist and of Bill Carslake as our new Artistic Director. Nathan will be performing the Finzi concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, which was premiered at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford in 1949 and which remains the composer's most widely performed and recorded orchestral work. Not only does it show Finzi's particular empathy for the solo clarinet but it also exemplifies his imaginative writing for strings. By contrast, the other main work in the programme is Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, the Pathétique. Described by the composer as "the best thing I ever composed or shall compose", the symphony takes the listener on an epic emotional journey from lightness and frivolity to the depths of sombre pathos and tragedy. It remains arguably the most defining work of the romantic period and is a not-to-be-missed part of this season's programme. The Helios overture by Nielsen opens the evening with his depiction of the rising and setting of the sun over the Aegean Sea. We hope that you will join Bill, Nathan, and all of us at the FSO for what is bound to be a highly memorable evening.

Shostakovich, Stravinsky

Saturday 15 June 2019, 19:45
Adults: £13.50
Students: £6.75
Princes Hall, Aldershot, GU11 1NX - Venue Map

Conductor: William Carslake
Soloist: Hiroko Imai

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947)
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
Stravinsky: Concerto in D
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat major

Our final concert of the season is a celebration of the work of two Russian composers: Stravinsky and Shostakovich. A highlight of the evening is the latter's second piano concerto which enjoys enduring popularity on account of the soulful and wistful Andante. This, together with the other two vivacious movements, sets the concerto apart from many of the composer's other works in its sense of freedom and abandon. To perform this delightful work, we are very excited to welcome the young Japanese pianist, Hiroko Imai (Photo: Gerhard Flekatsch) who is a multi-award-winning soloist in her native country.

The Stravinsky elements of the concert comprise two works, one for wind instruments and the other for strings. The Symphonies for Wind Instruments, which was composed in 1920 in memory of Claude Debussy, grew from a chorale, drawing on Russian folk idoms. The Concerto in D was composed much later in 1946 just after Stravinsky's naturalisation as a US citizen and reflects his exposure to a diversity of musical styles.

The final work of the season is Shostakovich's 9th Symphony, which was completed just three months after the Allied victory in Europe. In contrast to the majesty and triumphalism the critics were expecting, the symphony is a small-scale almost neoclassical work which reflected Shostakovich's attitude to the political elite; as he said, "I couldn’t write an apotheosis to Stalin, I simply couldn’t". A Russian critic described it as "old man Haydn and a regular American sergeant unsuccessfully made up to look like Charlie Chaplin, with every possible grimace and whimsical gesture." We hope this excites your curiosity enough to make the concert unmissable; why not take to social media and tell us what you think?

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FSO Recordings by Farnborough Symphony Orchestra

  1. Strauss - Die Fledermaus Overture (excerpt 1)
  2. Strauss - Die Fledermaus Overture (excerpt 2)
  3. Khatchaturian - Adagio from Spartacus (excerpt)
  4. Brahms - Variations on a theme by Haydn (excerpt)
  5. Dvorak - Violin Concerto 1st movement (excerpt)
  6. Dvorak - Violin Concerto 2nd movement (excerpt)
  7. Dvorak - Violin Concerto 3rd movement (excerpt)
  8. Dvorak - Slavonic Dance
  9. Vaughan Williams - English Folk Song Suite
  10. Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Waltz
  11. Unknown - String Quartet Piece