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FSO to perform in historic wind tunnel

FSO to perform in historic wind tunnel

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.

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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