Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra Conducted by William Joy* & Lee Francisco+ Presented as part of the SHOUT LGBT Arts Festival
Strictly Come Dancing Arranged by Richard Tattam
Overture from Orpheus in the Underworld Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)*
Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)*
Danse Macabre, Op.40 Camille Saint-SaĂŤns (1835-1921)+
Sabre Dance Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)+
INTERVAL The Blue Danube, Op.314 Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)+
New York, New York John Kander (b.1927), with lyrics by Fred Ebb (1928-2004) Performed by the Rainbow Voices
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)*
Music from Lord of the Dance Ronan Hardiman (b.1962), arranged by Larry Moore*
PHOTO: ED MOORE
Friends, Family & Fans! I’m so happy to be able to welcome you back to Birmingham Conservatoire for our second concert in the superb Adrian Boult Hall. I know I speak for the whole orchestra when I say we feel at home in this wonderful venue and that nothing excites us more than being able to share the fruits of months of hard work with our friends, family, fans and new audience members. When I first became involved with the BGSO and took on the position of chairperson, I had a vision of what I felt the BGSO could be – a fun, vibrant community orchestra where people of different backgrounds and ages could get together, make music and become friends. Over a year on, I'm delighted to say that the BGSO embodies all of these qualities – and perhaps goes further than any of its members thought possible. Each time the orchestra meets, there is a tangible sense of excitement and joy that fills the rehearsal room and grows with each note played, each new member welcomed and each new work discovered. As the BGSO family gets ever bigger we’re looking for our audience to become increasingly involved in our activity and share in – and contribute to – our success. The running of a community orchestra, such as the BGSO, is an expensive task in both terms of time and money. It costs thousands of pounds to sustain the work of the BGSO and takes hundreds of hours of extra work by a dedicated committee to keep everything going. That’s where you come in. If you’d like to join the BGSO as a friend, we’d love to hear from you. For the same subscription price paid by each member of the orchestra, you could help the BGSO flourish for many years to come. In return, we will keep you posted with all BGSO news; invite you to our rehearsals and to members’ events, such as theatre trips, outings to musical events and social occasions. Alternatively, if you can donate your time to the orchestra and become a BGSO volunteer, we’d love to hear from you. We can always use an extra pair of hands to help with the promotion of our concert season, or perhaps you have a specific skill that you think could benefit the orchestra? For further information about becoming a friend, email email@example.com or get in touch through our website www.bgso.org.uk.
Now, please sit back and let the BGSO whisk you off your feet! Enjoy the concert. All best wishes,
Christopher Calvert Chairperson, BGSO
Tonight’s Programme Strictly Come Dancing Arranged by Richard Tattam
Overture from Orpheus in the Underworld Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) Jacques Offenbach is most famous for his operettas, combining political and cultural satire with witty grand opera parodies. Orpheus in the Underworld is said to be the first classical full-length operetta and contains the famous “can-can” – used widely in the burlesque world and in wider popular culture.
Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor Alexander Borodin (1833-1887) Prince Igor tells the story of the campaign of the Russian prince Igor Svyatoslavich against the invading Polovtsian tribes in 1185. The opera was unfinished at the time of Borodin’s death and was finished in part by a composer whose work you’ll hear later in this evening’s concert – Rimsky-Korsakov. The first dance you’ll hear is the Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens followed by the Polovtsian Dance with chorus which features the Gliding Dance of the Maidens, the Wild Dance of the Men and the Dance of the Boys (all dances familiar to anyone who frequents Hurst St on a Saturday night).
Danse Macabre, Op.40 Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Saint-Saëns’ tone poem for orchestra derives from an early art song of his, replacing the vocal line with a solo violin, tonight performed by our leader Pip Green. According to legend, "Death" appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death calls forth the dead from their graves to dance their dance of death for him while he plays his fiddle. His skeletons dance for him until the rooster crows at dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year.
Sabre Dance Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) Sabre Dance is a movement from the final act of Gayane – a ballet by Aram Khachaturian. It is instantly recognisable to many due to its repetitive driving rhythm and dynamic colour. It is often used in circus performance and is widely used in television and film soundtracks.
Tonight’s Programme The Blue Danube, Op.314 Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) A firm favourite of classical music audiences, The Blue Danube has become the unofficial Austrian national anthem and is the traditional encore piece at the famous Vienna New Year’s Concert. The piece has been used in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The work itself comprises 6 waltzes, a fast yet elegant dance in ¾ time.
New York, New York John Kander (b.1927), with lyrics by Fred Ebb (1928-2004) Performed by the Rainbow Voices The theme song from the Martin Scorsese film, New York, New York was originally written for Liza Minelli, though it became a signature piece of Frank Sinatra’s in 1979 when he recorded it for his album Trilogy: Past, Present, Future. This piece is presented by the Rainbow Voices, who will be joining forces with the BGSO for a Christmas extravaganza in just under a month – on 19 December in the Adrian Boult Hall.
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) Capriccio Espagnol consists of five movements featuring dances based on Spanish folk melodies. Rimsky-Korsakov considered this work to be a hugely successful composition for orchestra. Whilst he initially envisaged the work as a piece for solo violin, Capriccio Espagnol tests all members of the orchestra – from the festive clarinet solo in the first movement Alborada, to the wistful horn melodies in Variazoni – the second movement. The fourth movement features solos by many members of the orchestra, and the work ends with an accelerated rousing repeat of the opening theme.
Music from Lord of the Dance Ronan Hardiman (b.1962), arranged by Larry Moore We end tonight’s performance with two recognisable melodies from Lord of the Dance – an Irish dance show that was choreographed and produced by Michael Flatley, who also took the starring role. The two melodies, Lord of the Dance and Cry of the Celts are both taken from the first act of this hugely successful show.
Tonightâ€™s Conductors William Joy Principal Conductor William Joy was born and raised in Birmingham where he still resides, studying oboe at the Birmingham Conservatoire in Birmingham City Centre. He began playing the piano at the age of 6, and proceeded to study oboe at the age of 8. Whilst his career is still in its early stages, he has played with the likes of the CBSO's youth orchestra, under the baton of Sakari Oramo and the British Police Symphony Orchestra in various venues around the country from the Symphony Hall in Birmingham to the Royal Festival Hall in Londonâ€™s South Bank. William joined the orchestra as principal conductor for their last concert in December, and looks forward to spending many more concerts on the podium with the BGSO!
Lee Francisco Assistant Conductor Lee Francisco completed his studies in 2009 at the Birmingham Conservatoire under Richard Lewis and Tom Millar. Originally from South Wales, he started his musical education aged nine on the violin but later opted for the bass, preferring its lower register. He is an active bass player involved in orchestral and ensemble work within this country and abroad and also tutors the next generation of lower string players across the West Midlands. With his sunny disposition and extensive insight into orchestral technique, he is truly a rare but uniquely brilliant talent to work with. (His words, not mine, Ed). Lee also plays double bass for the Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra and is currently single. (Now Iâ€™m lost for words, Ed).
Who We Are
Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra Conducted by William Joy Violin 1 Pip Green (leader) Ty Rowley Paul Lynch David Beasley Simon Rawlings Violin 2 Kat Galbraith Beth Galbraith Richard Billingham Jen Newton Viola Rory Freckleton Lucy Heron-Johnson Jules Davies Mark Aitchson Kyle Baker Cello Julien Guillamat James Perkins Thomas Griffiths Danielle Ainsworth Double Bass Lee Francisco Nathan Southall
Piccolo Chris Oâ€™Connor Flute Andrew Jinks Kevin Owens Oboe Christopher Calvert Samantha Taylor (cor anglais) Clarinet Greg Hayes Jo Smith Philip Mills Bass Clarinet Gareth Hambleton Bassoon Richard Tattam Tom Evans Saxophone Richard Tattam
Trumpet Rosie Harding Emma Wilkinson-Clark Jane Stocker Silvio Graioni French horn Heather Young Mark Wooton Bethan Griffiths Trombone Josephine Dixon Kenneth Hudson Laura Cooper Tuba Ollie Ongley
Harp Claire Haynes Percussion Bryn Bowen Andrew Ridel
About The BGSO Formed in 2008, the Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra brings together musicians from across the Midlands. We enjoy giving fun and engaging performances in venues across Birmingham. We don't hold auditions for players, all we ask is that you are brimming over with enthusiasm for music and are ready to make lots of new friends! Want to find out more? Check out www.bgso.org.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org The BGSO Executive Committee: Chairperson Christopher Calvert // email@example.com Secretary Andrew Jinks // firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer Philip Mills // email@example.com Orchestral Manager Chris Oâ€™Connor // firstname.lastname@example.org Orchestral Librarian Pip Green // email@example.com Sponsorship Secretary Lucy Heron-Johnson // firstname.lastname@example.org Events Secretary Greg Hayes // email@example.com BGSO Board of Directors: Christopher Calvert, Philip Mills, Rosie Harding & Greg Hayes The Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra is a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee. Company Number: 07138299. Registered in England and Wales.
Rainbow Voices: Rainbow Voices is a Midlands based choir which was established in 1995 with the intention of providing an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their friends to meet together in a safe space and celebrate their diversity in song. For more information about the Rainbow Voices, check out www.rainbow-voices.org.uk
Player Profile In each programme, we interview a player of the BGSO to see what makes them tick, and to find out why they love being a member of the orchestra!
Richard Billingham, 2nd violin Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: An old gypsy lady foretold that I was born to play second fiddle in the BGSO!
How long have you played with the BGSO? Just over 1 year now.
Where did you hear about the BGSO? From my partner, then thank you Google - I love you Facebook xxx
Why did you decided to join the orchestra? After a 15 year break where I somehow managed to forget that I owned a violin, the soundtrack to a particularly good Lord of the Rings Marathon reminded me that I had a big ‘playing music with other people’ hole that needed filling.
What is your favourite orchestral work? Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.
What would you say to anyone thinking of joining the BGSO? Absolutely 100% definitely do it!!! I haven't regretted it for a second and have been genuinely taken aback by how rewarding the rediscovery of being in an orchestra has been. I feel incredibly lucky to have found such a warm and supportive group as this and the more people that join our family the better the noise we'll make!
Join The BGSO If you’d like to join the BGSO, then we want to hear from you! As long as we have a vacancy within the orchestra, we allow musicians of all abilities and backgrounds. The only things we ask are that you are over 16 years of age and can commit to the majority of rehearsals. Many of our members hadn't played their instrument in years before joining the BGSO, but now they practise daily! A large proportion of the BGSO are students, currently studying at Birmingham Conservatoire or one of the nearby universities. Others are professional musicians or music teachers who enjoy the friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere the BGSO offers. We’re all great friends and always looking to expand the BGSO family. If you’d like more information about how to join, speak to any of our members after the concert – or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future Performances The Twelve Gays Of Christmas Sunday 19 December, 5.00pm Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire Join the BGSO & Rainbow Voices as we present a Christmas extravaganza guaranteed to fill you with festive cheer!
Around the World with 50 Gays Sunday 10 April, 5.00pm Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire The BGSO presents a programme of soundscapes – music inspired by the land, the sea and space.
Birmingham Pride 2011 Proms Saturday 11 June, 7.00pm Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire Wave your rainbow flags high as the BGSO takes you through an evening of Last Night of the Proms classics, as well as excerpts from your favourite musicals. Get tickets for these performances by visiting our website – www.bgso.org.uk
Keep In Touch There are lots of ways you can keep in touch with the BGSO’s work. You can join our mailing list and check out the latest BGSO news on our website: www.bgso.org.uk Or join us on Facebook, Twitter (@BGSO) or YouTube (www.youtube.com/theBGSO) Alternatively, send us an email – email@example.com Or simply come and have a chat with us after the concert! 11
Acknowledgements We’d like to thank the following people, who help make the orchestra fabulous: • • • • • •
The SHOUT festival team, for their support and for including us in this year’s programme David Viney & Steph Keeble for their advice and encouragement The staff at the Wellington, for letting us use their meeting room for free The staff at Birmingham Conservatoire, for their magnificent facilities The Central Library, for the scores and parts for each of the works in tonight’s concert The Rainbow Voices, for joining us on stage this evening and for working with us to make the Christmas concert go with a bang! • Lisa Wassell, for designing this lovely programme!
BGSO Season Supporters We’d also like to thank the following BGSO Season Supporters: • • • • •
Tim Toft Violins Allianz-Cornhill Birmingham LGBT Community Trust Stonewall Midlands Zone
If you’d like to become a Season Supporter, or a Friend of the BGSO – please get in touch with our sponsorship secretary, Lucy Heron-Johnson by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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