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Piano at the Movies

Saturday 8th October 2016, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Conductor - David Calow

Piano - Samantha Ward

Addinsell - Warsaw Concerto

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.21

            “Elvira Madigan” slow movement

Barry - Somewhere in Time

Nyman - The Piano


and other movie music including:

2001: A Space Odyssey, The Big Country, Out of Africa,
Gabriel’s Oboe, Saving Private Ryan, The Pink Panther,
Disney at the Movies, Moon River and Pirates of the Caribbean

Saturday 26th November 2016, 7.30pm

St. Peter’s Church, Oundle

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Piano - Robert Markham


Sibelius - Finlandia

Grieg - Piano Concerto

Beethoven - Symphony No.5

Anniversary Celebration!


Saturday 11th March 2017, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Conductor* - Barry Collett

Cello - Eduardo Vassallo

Violin - Diego Vassallo

Organ - Peter Davis


Weber - Euryanthe Overture*

Brahms - Double Concerto for violin and cello

Holst - A Fugal Overture

Elgar - Sursum Corda*

Elgar - Air de Ballet* First performance since 1882

Elgar - Cockaigne Overture*

Saturday 13th May 2017, 7.30pm

St. Peter’s Church, Oundle

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Violin - Freya Goldmark


Lehár - Gold and Silver Waltz

Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto

Mahler - Symphony No.1 “Titan”

Classic Collection

Vienna Gold

A collection of movie music with four themes featuring the piano gets our anniversary season off to a fantastic start. Award winning pianist Samantha Ward is our soloist in the Warsaw Concerto from Dangerous Moonlight, the Elvira Madigan Mozart slow movement, John Barry’s wonderful theme to the cult movie Somewhere in Time and the evocative music by Michael Nyman from the Jane Campion film The Piano. A concert not to be missed!

Our first concert at St. Peter’s Church presents two of the most popular Scaninavian works in the repertoire: the dramatic and patriotic tone poem Finlandia by Sibelius and the evergreen Piano Concerto by Grieg. The Sinfonia welcomes Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition Finalist Robert Markham back as our soloist.


The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s groundbreaking fifth symphony with its iconic fate motive ”knocking at the door”.

Our Anniversary concert sees Sinfonia Conductor Emeritus Barry Collett return alongside Music Director Paul Hilliam. The concert features the composer most associated with the Sinfonia; Sir Edward Elgar and we will be performing one of  his early works Air de Ballet for the first time since 1882! Sursum Corda was written for a special service to welcome the future George V to Worcester Cathedral in 1894 and is scored for Strings, Brass and Organ.


We are also pleased to welcome back the Sinfonia’s Musical Patron Eduardo Vassallo alongside his son Diego to perform the Double Concerto by Brahms for this special concert.

Our Season Finale takes us to “Fin de Siècle” Art Nouveau Vienna and the music of Franz Lehár and Gustav Mahler.


The glittering Gold and Silver Waltz takes us to the romantic Viennese Ball while Mahler gives us a musical portrait of his hero in the first of his massive symphonies originally called Titan. It is a work of great contrasts from the etherial beginning evoking nature, the funeral dirge of Frère Jacques on a solo double bass, the lively Scherzo to the heroic finale with the horns standing and their bells up!


Adding contrast, local soloist and rising star Freya Goldmark is our soloist in the ever popular Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn.

Rutland Sinfonia is very pleased to invite you to its 40th Anniversary Season. To celebrate this milestone in the history of the Orchestra we have two concerts in Oakham and two concerts in Oundle, with a tremendous variety of music planned for both venues.


Film music featuring the piano is the focus for Associate Conductor David Calow’s concert in October. Samantha Ward joins the Orchestra to perform the Warsaw Concerto along with lots of other well-known film themes. Following the popularity of David’s Musicals concerts in the last few years, this will be one to book early for! The timeless appeal of Beethoven’s music continues to speak powerfully to successive generations and it’s his Fifth Symphony with its iconic opening bars that can be heard in Oundle during November. Sibelius’ nationalistic tone poem Finlandia start the programme and Robert Markham makes a welcome return, this year with Grieg’s Piano Concerto.


For the 40th Anniversary Concert in March, Eduardo Vassallo (our Musical Patron) is joined by his son Diego for a special performance of the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello by Brahms. We are delighted that Barry Collett, Rutland Sinfonia’s founding conductor will also be joining the party. In 2012 Barry was honoured with the Elgar Medal, the Elgar Society’s highest award, so his choice of repertoire might appear predictable. Cockaigne, Elgar’s ebullient depiction of Edwardian London completes the concert. However, the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus is ready to spring a surprise. Quite amazingly, Elgar’s Air de Ballet, previously listed as ‘lost’, will be performed for the first time since 1882 at this concert!


Local soloist, Freya Goldmark, makes her Rutland Sinfonia debut in May with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Mahler’s life affirming First Symphony provides the extraordinary climax to our season. Towards the end of the symphony’s last movement, the horn section of seven players is directed to stand for extra dramatic effect. Join us for the spectacle as we celebrate 40 years of bringing orchestral music to Rutland!