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Scandinavian Birthdays

Saturday 10th October 2015, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Horn - Mark Penny


Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro Overture

Sibelius - Karelia Suite

Mozart - Horn Concerto No.4

Nielsen - Symphony No.1

Saturday 21st November 2015, 7.30pm

St. Peter’s Church, Oundle

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Piano - Robert Markham


Wagner - Rienzi Overture

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.4

Rachmaninov - Symphony No.2

Magic of the Musicals


Saturday 5th March 2016, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Conductor - David Calow

Soprano - Caroline Trutz


Including music from: 76 Trombones, The King and I Symphonic Suite, Suite from Disney's Frozen, Anthem from Chess, Suite from Phantom of the Opera, Abba on Broadway, Lord of the Dance, I Dreamed a Dream, Don't Cry for me Argentina, You'll Never Walk Alone.

Saturday 21st May 2016, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Piano - Nick Taylor


Bernstein - Candide Overture

Gershwin - Piano Concerto

Márquez - Danzón No.2

John Williams - Film Scores including:

Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, E.T. and Star Wars.

Classics in Oundle

Postcards from America

We start our concert season celebrating the 150th anniversary of two great Scandinavian composers, Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen, both born in 1865. Two of the most popular works by Mozart complete the concert; the ever-popular overture to The Marriage of Figaro and the fourth Horn Concerto with the Sinfonia’s Principal Horn Mark Penny as soloist.

Our annual concert at St. Peter’s Church will start with Wagner’s ‘grand’ overture to his first major opera, Rienzi. Those who know his mature operas and the music of the Ring Cycle will be surprised by the youthful energy of this overture!


We welcome back Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition Finalist Robert Markham as our soloist in Beethoven’s fourth Piano Concerto and the concert will conclude with Rachmaninov’s emotionally charged second symphony. The work is often seen as a close companion to his second piano concerto and is again full of the composers lavish romantic melodies.

Following the huge success of last season’s concert the Rutland Sinfonia again celebrate the huge ‘blockbuster’ musicals of Broadway and the West End. With award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, ABBA’s Mamma Mia, the Disney movies including the massive hit Frozen and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, this will be another fantastic musical evening to remember! To add that West End sparkle we have international soprano Caroline Trutz with us again to sing a selection of show standards. Book early-this was a sell out concert last season!

Our Season Finale begins with “classical” side of America and Bernstein’s sparkling overture to Candide followed by the jazz-inspired Piano Concerto by George Gershwin. From 1920’s New York we then move to Latin America and the rhythmically brilliant Danzón No.2 by Mexican composer Márquez. Márquez was inspired by the Cuban dance rhythms he heard after visiting a ballroom in Veracruz for this vibrant, exciting work.


We conclude with a ticket to the movies and four of the best scores from the greatest film composer of them all, America’s John Williams.

In association with The Lions Club of Rutland