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Some Enchanted Evening

Saturday 7th October 2017, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Conductor - David Calow

Soprano - Caroline Trutz
Bass-Baritone - Michael Lessiter

Music and songs from:


The King and I

South Pacific


and The Sound of Music

sing-along finale!

Saturday 25th November 2017, 7.30pm

St. Peter’s Church, Oundle

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Clarinet - Marie Lloyd

Verdi - The Force of Destiny Overture

Mozart - Clarinet Concerto

Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique

Young Talent in Concert

Saturday 10th March 2018, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Trumpet - Sam Thomas

Trombone - Henry Newton

Trumpet - Thomas Penny

Piano - Morgan Overton

Brown - The Irish Brigade*

Neruda - Trumpet Concerto

David - Trombone Concerto

Larsson - Trumpet Concerto

Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man

Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

Márquez - Conga del fuego

*Premiere performance

Saturday 12th May 2018, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Piano - Anne Bolt

Walton - Prelude to Richard III

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor

Bliss - “Checkmate” Ballet Suite

Clarinet Fantastique

Kings, Chess and Mozart

The Sinfonia start the season with a return to the magic of the musicals and the world of Rodgers and Hammerstein, one the greatest partnerships in musical theatre. To add that West End sparkle again we have local soprano Caroline Trutz and she will be joined by bass-baritone Michael Lessiter. Michael’s most recent work has been with the Chorus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. We will also be performing other works by Richard Rodgers including the music to the ballet ‘Slaughter on Tenth Avenue’.

Our visit to St. Peter’s Church in Oundle this season contrasts two ground-breaking works; the first major concerto written for the clarinet and the first symphony with a story to tell. Berlioz’s symphony is a tour de force for the orchestra with the ‘March to the Scaffold’ and ‘The Witches’ Sabbath’ amongst the highlights. Mozart’s sublime concerto is one of the composer’s most popular works and we welcome Marie Lloyd as our clarinet soloist. Marie has been guest principal with many of the major orchestras in the country and is currently a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Our Young Soloists’ Concert includes three brass concertos and a celebration of American music; Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ and music by Márquez in his brilliant arrangement of the Conga! Starting this concert is the premiere performance of ‘The Irish Brigade’ by local composer George Brown.

Our Season Finale takes us from Shakespeare’s (and Leicester’s) famous King to the emotion of Mozart’s most brooding Piano Concerto, and then to the dramatic moves of the pieces as they clash in a game of chess. Mozart’s D minor piano concerto is one of contrasts. The drama of the first movement is followed by the sublime Romance and then the lively finale. Local pianist Anne Bolt will be our soloist. Arthur Bliss wrote ‘Checkmate’ at the height of his powers in 1937 and it is considered a cornerstone of the British ballet repertoire.

Rutland Sinfonia is renowned for the diversity of music it performs and this is certainly the case in our 41st season of concerts. Associate Conductor David Calow opens our season with ‘Some Enchanted Evening; a Rodgers and Hammerstein Spectacular!’ Come and hear all of your ‘favourite things’ from ‘Carousel’, ‘The King and I’, ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘South Pacific’ and take part in ‘The Sound of Music’ sing-a-long finale. Our vocal soloists are local soprano Caroline Trutz, making a welcome return to sing with us, and bass-baritone Michael Lessiter, most recently from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The previous two Sinfonia Musicals concerts were very popular so book early!

Three popular classics can be heard in the orchestra’s annual autumn concert in St Peter’s Church, Oundle. Verdi’s stirring Overture ‘The Force of Destiny’ reached a wide audience as the sound track for the films ‘Jean De Florette’ and ‘Manon Des Sources’ - and more recently in an advert for lager! Then Mozart’s beautiful Clarinet Concerto will be performed by Marie Lloyd, one of the UK’s leading clarinetists. The immediate inspiration for our final piece, ‘Symphonie Fantastique’, was the composer’s infatuation with the Irish Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson. When Berlioz saw her in Paris in the roles of Ophelia and Juliet he declared “I will marry that woman and on that drama, I will write my greatest symphony”.

In March 2018, our Young Soloists’ Concert includes three terrific brass concertos and a number of American pieces. It doesn’t get more American than Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and those of you who came to our recent ‘Post Cards from America’ concert will share my excitement about hearing more music by Márquez - this time an arrangement of the Conga! Starting this concert, is the premiere of ‘The Irish Brigade’ by local composer George Brown - the American connection being that these troops fought at Gettysburg.

After Walton’s ‘Prelude to Richard III’, Mozart’s dark and brooding Piano Concerto No.20 is included in May’s concert. Finally, you have the chance to hear the music Arthur Bliss wrote for his ballet ‘Checkmate’, which depicts the moves of Bishops, Knights, Kings and Queens as they clash in a dramatic game of chess.

We look forward to seeing you in our 2017/18 season!

Henry Newton

Thomas Penny

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