26 March 2014
In collaboration with the Wind Tunnel Project, Farnborough Symphony Orchestra is embarking on a new venture to perform a concert in the historic 24 Foot Wind Tunnel on the old Royal Aircraft Establishment site. The orchestra's founder, Sir Ben Lockspeiser, was amongst those involved in the design of the 24 Foot Tunnel and, over the years, many members have been engaged in research work conducted in the facility. This historic link makes it particularly appropriate that, many decades on, the FSO should be performing in this Grade 1 listed venue.
Organised by Artliner, the Wind Tunnel Project is a contemporary art exhibition which will run for six weeks in buildings Q121 and R52. Opened in April 1935, Q121 is the largest wind tunnel in Great Britain with a 30 foot mahogany wood blade and is the most complete example in Europe. During the interval of the concert, there will be an opportunity for the audience to view the Wind Tunnel and enjoy the art exhibition.
For the concert itself, the Strings of the FSO will take the audience on a journey 'from Bach to Britten'. Guest conductor, Ben Palmer, will lead us from the baroque purity of Bach, in the company of violin soloists Tessa Welford (leader of the FSO) and Beverley Hull, via the classical delicacy of Mozart and the characteristic romanticism of Elgar, to a Britten work contemporary with the opening of the Wind Tunnel. Don't miss this unique opportunity to join the Orchestra in rediscovering its aeronautical roots.