The Taunton Sinfonietta, Somerset

Summer 2017 Newsletter

I am slightly embarrassed typing the word "summer" above as it seems to have studiously avoided my corner of the world since the schools broke up, and indeed, since our last concert. Summer Strings was well-received, good fun to play and we hope you enjoyed our lesser-known works, as well as Death and the Maiden.

It is time to look ahead to our final two concerts of this 2017 season, and our next one, "A Taste of the Orient" promises something to satisfy more than your ears. Our very good friend and colleague Lynn Carter will be performing Vaughan Williams' Oboe Concerto, a lovely work written in 1943-4 for Leon Goossens and scheduled to be first played at the Proms in 1944. The threat of V1 rockets curtailed the 1944 season, so it received its premiere in Liverpool on 30th September 1944, a mere 72 years and 51 weeks before Lynn plays it. Taunton Sinfonietta is very grateful to the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust for their financial support for this concert. Lynn will also play the lovely theme from "Gabriel's Oboe" by Morricone.

The programme also includes Purcell's Chacony, Mozart's Divertimento in Bb, with two more modern works; Anthony Le Fleming's Partitia No. 4 and Clive Jenkins' "The Fair Maid and the Knight", along with music from much further afield by the Chinese composer Zhou Long who incorporates traditional Chinese music into more western harmonic musical forms.

As ever, tickets are available from Taunton Visitor Centre, via our website or on the door. Please do bring your friends along as this concert offers something unusual but presented in an accessible way. Keep an eye on the website and on our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter as regular "traffic" helps promote us. If you are able to display a poster, please do let us know via the contacts on the website.

We look forward to seeing you on 23rd September and please remember to keep the afternoon of Sunday 3rd December free when we welcome back flautist Judy Hall as well as the talented Taunton Young Musician Ian Lum, who will perform Haydn's Cello Concerto in D. This programme truly is a tour de force as Mary Eade is our soloist in Mendelssohn's D minor Violin Concerto - please do bring your friends as this will be an afternoon to remember.

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