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Classical Season 2017/18

The Hawth Crawley Classical Season 2017/18

Welcome to the new classical music season at The Hawth. This year you can look forward to an impressive line-up of concerts in the theatre, with the return of the renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and a first visit from the acclaimed European Union Chamber Orchestra. We also include recitals from Trio Pierné, The Wild Men of the Baroque, Philip Dyson, and Chamber Philharmonic Europe in the Studio.

Subscriptions Subscribing to all five concerts in the theatre (Platinum Season) saves £32.50 or subscribe to the Gold Season (all three RPO concerts) and save £16.50. •

Book before the general public and ensure the best seats.

FREE tickets to pre-concert talks.

Save on each of the five recitals in the season.

Save £11 (Platinum) and £10 (Gold) on top price tickets for Royal Philharmonica Orchestra’s Here Come The Classics.

Pre-Concert Talks To enhance your enjoyment of the concerts The Hawth offers introductory, accessible 30 - 40 minute talks prior to Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra performances. Concentrating on the works to be performed that evening, the talks by experienced music writers and lecturers will consider aspects of the music to be performed, illustrated with modern recordings. Tickets for the talks are £4. Season subscribers, Hawth Friends and students who have booked for the concert can enjoy the talks free.

Peter Donohoe

Sat 23 September 7.45pm, Studio

Trio Pierné

Lois Geldard Flute Clare Deniz Cello Alan Brown Piano Weber Trio op.63 Schumann Fantasiestücke op.73 Gaubert Piece Romantique Handel ‘Halle’ Sonata No.3 Georges Hue Fantasie Pierné Sonata da Camera op.48 The opening concert in The Hawth’s Classical Season sees Trio Pierné present a programme of music that will appeal to wide variety of musical tastes, for it encompasses the Baroque to the Romantic period, while giving a gentle sweep across the centuries from Handel to Pierné. Fri 20 October 7.30pm, Theatre

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Vladimir Altschuler Conductor Peter Donohoe Piano Mussorgsky Night on a Bare Mountain Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4 Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade

Thu 23 November 7.30pm, Theatre

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Mathieu Herzog Conductor Francesca Dego Violin

Mozart Don Giovanni Overture Brahms Hungarian Dance No.6 Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 Dvořák Symphony No.8 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes winter with this enchanting programme of orchestral favourites. Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture is followed by Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No.6, which bursts with energy, imitating the lively nature of Hungarian folk music. Bruch’s Violin Concerto is performed by BBC Music Magazine Rising Star Francesca Dego. A favourite in the classical repertoire, it showcases her extraordinary talent through sumptuous melodies and sparkling virtuosity. Concluding the programme is Dvořák’s joyful Symphony No.8, one of the most tuneful of all orchestral works. Pre-concert talk: Gwyn Parry-Jones: Bruch, Violin Concerto No.1.

Pre-concert talk: Jonathan James introduces the concert.

Mathieu Herzog

The first international orchestra to visit The Hawth in the 2017-18 season is one of Russia’s finest, the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Mussorgsky’s atmospheric orchestral poem Night on a Bare Mountain will be followed by the brilliant Peter Donohoe playing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.4. In the second half, the orchestra will perform Rimsky Korsakov’s colourful masterpiece Scheherazade.

European Union Chamber Orchestra

Sun 3 December 3pm, Studio

Sun 18 February 7.30pm, Theatre

Piers Adams Recorders David Wright Harpsicord

Hans-Peter Hofmann: Director Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Cello

The Wild Men of the Baroque

Adams and Wright form one half of Red Priest, and bring all of the energy and freedom of the super-group into their duo recitals. Here is chamber music for all: no other musicians today bring such an astonishing, larger-than-life range of virtuoso techniques and expressive colours to music of the baroque, and as natural raconteurs, they lead the audience through the uncharted landscape of the era with fascinating insights into the music and instruments – and some spicy anecdotes about the lives of the composers!

European Union Chamber Orchestra

Handel Suite: The Water Music Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 in C Delius Two Aquarelles (Water Colours) Mozart Symphony No.29 Handel’s Water Music helped establish his reputation in London, and it has remained a firm favourite for nearly 300 years. The attractive masterpieces by Haydn and Delius precede one of Mozart’s most beautiful and lyrical compositions, the Symphony No.29.

Sun 4 February 3pm, Studio

Philip Dyson

The charismatic Phillip Dyson returns to The Hawth for an afternoon of the world’s most popular and best-loved piano classics, featuring Beethoven ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, Schubert Impromptu in G flat, Chopin Scherzo No.2, Rachmaninov Prelude in C sharp minor, Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite, and music by Debussy, Scott Joplin and Fats Waller.

Philip Dyson

Popular Classic Celebrations

Sat 17 March 7.45pm, Studio

Chamber Philharmonic Europe Pawel Zuzanski Violin Cyrill Gussaroff Trumpet

Music for strings from across the centuries provides a stimulating programme, beginning with the Baroque masters Bach, Vivaldi and Albinoni. The gloriously lyrical Serenades of Josef Suk and Elgar’s provide more romantic experiences.

Pavel Zuzanski

Vivaldi Concerto in G minor Albinoni Concerto Saint Marc Suk Serenade for Strings Bach Violin Concerto in E major Albinoni Adagio in G minor Elgar Serenade for Strings

Fri 13 April 7.30pm, Theatre

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Alan Buribayev Conductor Mark Bebbington Piano

Bringing a distinctly Romantic feel to the evening is Smetana’s exhilarating Overture to his enduring comic opera The Bartered Bride, followed by Mark Bebbington performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2. Technically taxing and richly melodic, Chopin’s masterpiece blends rippling virtuosity, Polish dance rhythms and lyricism. One of Sibelius’ most direct and powerful compositions, the Symphony No.2 evokes the heroic vision of his native Finland, culminating in a finale of rich and passionate intensity.

Alan Buribayev

Smetana Bartered Bride Overture Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 Sibelius Symphony No.2

Mark Bebbington

Pre-concert talk: Terry Barfoot: Sibelius, Symphony No.2.

Fri 11 May 7.30pm, Theatre

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Alexander Shelley Conductor Jayson Gillham Piano Beethoven Coriolan Overture Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 Beethoven Symphony No.4 The RPO’s Principal Associate Conductor leads an all-Beethoven programme, opening with the fiery and dramatic Coriolan Overture and ending with the radiant Symphony No.4. From the dramatic clashes of the opening to the singing, poetic phrases of the central movement, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto features the many aspects of this great composer’s personality. It is performed by Jayson Gillham, who ‘plays Beethoven with a sort of ‘glow’’ (Sir Mark Elder). Pre-concert talk: Gwyn Parry-Jones: Beethoven, Symphony No.4.

Sun 17 June 3pm, Theatre

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Nick Davies Conductor

Programme to include J. Strauss II Blue Danube Waltz Grieg Excerpts from Peer Gynt Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending Mozart Horn Concerto No.4 Tchaikovsky Third Movement, Symphony No.6, ‘Pathétique’… and many more!

Alexander Shelley

Booming percussion and blazing brass announce Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and the beginning of the Here Come the Classics extravaganza. This concert brings you a selection of enjoyable and familiar works, so whether you are a regular concert-goer or just getting into classical music, this performance has something for everyone! This sumptuous programme of classical masterpieces is entertaining and captivating and is a concert not to be missed. * Please note: This concert is not part of the subscription season, but subscribers have the option of attending the concert at discounted prices.

How to Book Box Office Box Office, The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ 01293 553636 Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm One hour prior to performances on Sundays.

Book Online You can book individual concerts online from 9 June.

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Under 16s Tickets for under 16s at any concert are £10 each and £5 for recitals. Free admission to pre-concert talks.

Spotlight Restaurant A special three course waitress-served meal is available before all evening Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concerts and St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. A choice of four starters, main courses and desserts (including vegetarian options) followed by coffee and mints, all for £24.95 per person. Advance ticket purchase only, please call the Box Office on 01293 553636.

Café Vita

Pre-concert dining will be available two hours prior to all live performances with an assortment of light snacks and hot meals including chef’s daily specials. Reservations are not essential but recommended to ensure your table. Please call the Box Office on 01293 553636 (up to 1pm on the day prior to your visit).

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Ticket prices

Subscription Bookings 2 June (Hawth Friends 26 May). Individual concert bookings 9 June. Season tickets


Platinum Season all five concerts in the theatre including pre-concert talks


Gold Season all three RPO concerts including pre-concert talks


Additional concert bookings (Platinum subscribers)


Trio Pierné


Wild Men of the Baroque


Phillip Dyson


Chamber Philharmonic Europe


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Here Come The Classics

£23.50 (Gold) £22.50 (Platinum)

Individual concert bookings


Trio Pierné 23 September 2017


St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra 20 October 2017

£31.50 Pre-concert Talk £4

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 23 November 2017

£31.50 Pre-concert Talk £4

Wild Men of the Baroque 3 December 2017


Phillip Dyson 4 February 2018


European Union Chamber Orchestra 18 February 2018


Chamber Philharmonic Europe 17 March 2018


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 13 April 2018

£31.50 Pre-concert Talk £4

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 11 May 2018

£31.50 Pre-concert Talk £4

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Here Come The Classics 17 June 2018

£33.50, £23.50, £19.50

The Hawth Crawley Classical Concert Season 2017-18  
The Hawth Crawley Classical Concert Season 2017-18