Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Classical Buskers - taster of the concerts

We have had the Classical Buskers join us at the Arthur Davison Family Concerts on a number of occasions now, and their performances have always been particularly well received. Their involvement has included playing a pair of clogs (and many other weird and wonderful instruments), explaining how recorders work, as well as performing Wagner on an accordion. This is all done with the usual rivalry between them and a lot of humour!

Here they are in action at a concert which was first played in the Family Concert series last year; we hope you enjoy this taster of the family concerts.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Full programmes for the 43rd Season

We are pleased to be able to announce the finalised programmes for this season's family concerts. As usual we have a mix of well-known and lesser-known classical music, but all will be delivered with the same level of fun and education for both children and adults.

Saturday November 15th 11am - Mini Last Night of the Proms

Christopher Lynch – Narrator
Madalina Rusu – Piano
Hannah Kirk – Soprano
Guildford Symphony Orchestra

All the fun of the Last Night of the Proms - but in miniature - with a patriotic finale of Proms' favourites. The Man who Invented Music is a charming introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, with a programme that features Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Mussorgsky's Night on a Bare Mountain, Barber's Adagio and Rachmaninov 's dramatic 1st Piano Concerto.

Carnival Overture- Dvorak
Adagio for Strings- Barber
Jewel Song- Gounod
Night on a Bare Mountain- Mussorgsky
Piano Concerto no.1 – 1st Movement- Rachmaninov
Symphony no. 5 – 1st Movement- Beethoven
The Man Who Invented Music- Gillis
Dambusters’ March- Coates
Rule Britannia- Arne
Land of Hope and Glory- Elgar

Saturday December 6th 11am - Christmas Concert
Croydon Symphony Orchestra
Ian le Grice – Organ
Young Soloist from the Yehudi Menuhin School
Narrator to be announced

A special musical version of Hans Christian Anderson's Snow Queen is the highlight of this Christmas cracker of a concert which features seasonal favourites by Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov and Offenbach. Besides a lively Sleigh Ride for Santa, a Christmas Feather Dance and audience carols there is also a presentation by some outstanding young prodigies from the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Christmas Eve Polonaise Rimsky-Korsakov
Introduction to the Fairfield Organ
Christmas Feather Dance- Plier
Folk Song Suite – Finale- Vaughan-Williams
Music with members of the Yehudi Menuhin School
Sleigh Ride- Prokofiev
Voices of Spring Waltzes- Strauss
The Snow Queen- Arr. Davison
Christmas Festival- Anderson
Can-Can- Offenbach

Saturday February 7th 11am - Toy Stories
Epsom Symphony Orchestra
Nerys Hughes - Narrator
Sally Pryce - Harp

Magical toys, spinning tops, beautiful dolls and a dramatic game of chess are all included in this lively concert of Toy Stories. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Delibes Coppelia are also featured in this programme in which you can try and discover the magic of the Secret Toy Shop.

Coppelia- Delibes
Funeral Dance of a Marionette- Gounod
The Spinning Top- Bizet
Dolly Suite- Faure
Danse Profane- Debussy
Toy Symphony- Arnold
Toy Soldiers – Nutcracker- Tchaikovsky
The Secret Toy Shop- Richards
Checkmate- Bliss

Saturday March 14th 11am Magical Myths and Legends
Narrator David Leonard
Croydon Symphony Orchestra
Alex Frank-Gemmill

An exciting programme of magical myths and legends which culminates in the dramatic story of The Firebird and music from the Oscar winning film trilogy - Lord of the Rings. Other musical myths include Ravel's beautiful description of Beauty and the Beast, Wagner's overture to the Flying Dutchman and Saint-Saens riotous Bacchanale.

The Flying Dutchman’s Ghost Ship- Wagner
Beauty and the Beast- Ravel
Faust and the Dance of the Sylphs- Berlioz
Samson and Delilah – The Feast of Bacchanale- Saint-Saens
Horn Concerto – Finale- Strauss
Baba Yaga and the Witch’s Cauldron- Liadov
Lord of the Rings- Shore
The Firebird- Stravinsky

Saturday April 25th 11am - Medieval Mysteries
The Little Symphony of London
Dragonsfire – Medieval Music Group
Narrator to be announced

Travel back in time to the Medieval era with the haunting story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin and the Dragonsfire Medieval Group who will be dressed in period costume. The concert also includes Handel's Water Music, Pachelbel's Canon, Warlock's Sword Dance as well as music by Mozart and Schubert.

Water Music – Overture- Handel
Canon- Pachelbel
Symphony no. 40 – Allegro- Mozart
Dragonsfire Medieval Music Feast, The Death of Falstaff- Walton
Symphony no.5 – Finale- Schubert
The Pied Piper of Hamelin- Richards
Sword Dance- Warlock