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89th Concert Season October 2013 – March 2014 www.brightondome.org / www.brightonphil.org.uk


Welcome to the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 89th Concert Season I am delighted to introduce our 2013-14 season. I hope you will agree that we have been able to put together an interesting set of programmes. The Brighton Philharmonic Society faces the same challenges as every other arts organisation during these difficult times, and I hope you will nevertheless find plenty to attract you to attend these concerts. For our sponsors and those of

you who purchase Season Tickets, your contributions are critical to us and allow these programmes to go ahead, attracting quality soloists and introducing pieces of music with which you may not always be familiar. I have undertaken to conduct all the concerts this season, and I am particularly looking forward to celebrating the New Year with you all for the first time since taking on

the Music Directorship. We have a fine selection of soloists for the season, and it is always a pleasure to welcome the Brighton Festival Chorus to perform with us, but especially this year in a Bach Family concert. There are some unusual works to be heard including a wonderful Piano Concerto by Lowell Liebermann, which I am sure you will find very approachable and exciting in the hands

of Rob Clark. I thank you for your support, and look forward to seeing you on the 6th October for our first concert of the season.

Barry Wordsworth MUSIC DIRECTOR/PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR


6 OCTOBER 2013 | 2.45pm

3 NOVEMBER 2013 | 2.45pm

8 DECEMBER 2013 | 2.45pm

31 DECEMBER 2013 | 2.45pm

Barry Wordsworth Conductor Jayson Gillham Piano

Barry Wordsworth Conductor Vasko Vassilev Violin

New Years Eve Concert

‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto

Barry Wordsworth Conductor Lucy Hall Soprano Catherine Carby Mezzo Soprano James Edwards Tenor Alexander Robin Baker Baritone Brighton Festival Chorus

Beethoven

JS Bach

Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

Orchestral Suite No. 3

Tchaikovsky

Our concert season opens with a programme of majestic Beethoven. It is several years since the orchestra has presented an all Beethoven programme. We are pleased to welcome Jayson Gillham, a young Australian pianist, who was a finalist in the recent Leeds International Piano Competition and Royal Overseas League Commonwealth Musician of the Year 2012, as our soloist in today’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto.

JC Bach

Beethoven Overture Leonora No. 3

Beethoven

The Chairman's 50th Birthday Concert sponsored by Sapphire IT Limited.

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Pre-concert on stage interview with soloists and/or musicians from the performance.

Sinfonia Op 18, No. 2

CPE Bach Magnificat Our Orchestra joins forces with the Brighton Festival Chorus to present a programme of works by members of the Bach family. Johann Sebastian’s two sons Johann Christian and Carl Philipp Emmanuel were both innovative and unorthodox composers whose works foreshadow those of their more famous successors Haydn and Mozart. The Magnificat by CPE Bach was written in 1749 while he was in Berlin as a member of Frederick the Great’s orchestra. This programme has been planned in association with the Brighton Early Music Festival which runs from 25th October to 10th November. 1.45pm

Pre-concert on stage interview with soloists and/or musicians from the performance.

Humperdinck Prelude to Hansel and Gretel

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

The Nutcracker Act 2 Our seasonal concert opens with the magical Prelude to Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel. Our soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Vasko Vassilev, is the leader of the Royal Opera House orchestra and works closely with Barry Wordsworth. The season would not be complete without Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and the music from Act Two follows on from our performance of Act One in 2009. This Act has all the famous dances within it.

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Pre-concert on stage interview with soloists and/or musicians from the performance.

including works by Strauss family members Barry Wordsworth Conductor For the first time in many years Barry Wordsworth will conduct our traditional New Year’s Eve concert. In addition to familiar classics, the afternoon will include colourful orchestral evocations of the Dance, virtuosic showpieces and glittering operetta to get your celebrations off to a rousing start. This is a fund-raising concert for the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust, supporting the BPO.


12 JANUARY 2014 | 2.45pm

9 FEBRUARY 2014 | 2.45pm

2 MARCH 2014 | 2.45pm

30 MARCH 2014 | 2.45pm

Barry Wordsworth Conductor Andrejs Osokins Piano

Barry Wordsworth Conductor Andrea de Flammineis Bassoon

Barry Wordsworth Conductor Robert Clark Piano

Dvořák

Barry Wordsworth Conductor William Dutton from the Yehudi Menuhin School Violin

Ravel

Bridge

Slavonic Dances

Prokofiev

Tombeau de Couperin

The Sea

Beethoven

Classical Symphony

Vivaldi

Liebermann

Piano Concerto No. 6, Op. 61a

Mendelssohn

Piano Concerto No. 1

Dvořák

Violin Concerto

Bassoon Concerto in A minor RV 498

Symphony No. 9 (New World)

Haydn

Copland

Two orchestral favourites by Dvořák surround a surprise item. In 1807 Beethoven reworked his own Violin Concerto into a Piano Concerto for a friend of his which featured in the famous six-hour marathon concert which Beethoven himself presented. Our soloist Andrejs Osokin was another finalist in this year’s Leeds International Piano Competition.

Symphony No. 104 (London)

Appalachian Spring

Symphony No. 4, Op. 98 in E minor

Haydn’s London Symphony is at the pinnacle of the Classical Symphony style. Having just conducted a Haydn symphony over one hundred years later, Prokofiev loosely emulated the style in his First Symphony written as the Russian Revolution was ending. After conducting the Haydn symphony, he wrote “This is the kind of symphony I wanted to write; a symphony in classical style.” It is a witty and virtuosic piece. In contrast Mendelssohn’s beautiful Violin Concerto spins romantic melodies. Who better to play with youthful ardour that a young student at the Yehudi Menuhin School!

Mozart

Sponsored by D. V. Newbold CBE.

Our orchestra ranges across the centuries and continents in a programme of classical, romantic and twentieth century works. We move from Italy to Northern Europe and, by popular request, across the Atlantic to America and the music of Aaron Copland. The soloist in the Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in A minor is Andrea de Flammineis, the principal bassoon of the Royal Opera House Orchestra.

In the centenary year of Benjamin Britten, the orchestra pays tribute to his teacher and Brighton resident, Frank Bridge. His four movement orchestral suite The Sea was written in 1911 before the outbreak of World War One which was to affect Bridge deeply. It is one of his most accessible and popular works. Lowell Liebermann, another American, wrote his Piano Concerto No. 1 in 1988. Behind the virtuosic writing, there is a darker side to the work with its use of a Scottish graveyard dance, the Maccaber Dance, the title of the third and final movement. What better way could there be to conclude our season than with another in our series of Brahms’s symphonies, his Fourth in E minor...?

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Symphony No. 29, K.201

Sponsored by Catherine Brown.

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Pre-concert on stage interview with soloists and/or musicians from the performance.

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Pre-concert on stage interview with soloists and/or musicians from the performance.

Brahms

Pre-concert on stage interview with soloists and/or musicians from the performance.

Pre-concert on stage interview with soloists and/or musicians from the performance.


Music in the Music R oom SUMMER 2014

As a Friend of the Brighton Philharmonic you will benefit from:

MID SUSSEX TIMES

f Exclusive Priority Booking opportunities to secure your seat for the following season f Discounts on Season Tickets of up to 25% f One free ticket in each season under our ‘Friend of a Friend’ Scheme f Discounted tickets for the Music in the Music Room Summer Series f Free access to orchestral rehearsals throughout the year f Exclusive Priority Advance Booking for Car Park Discounts f Regular Newsletters For details on becoming a Friend and to find out other ways of supporting the BPO, such as sponsoring a concert or a position in the orchestra, becoming a patron or leaving a bequest in your will to the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society (registered charity no. 250921), please contact:

A series of short concerts for a relaxing summer’s evening in the Music Room of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion featuring members of Brighton Philharmonic and friends. Programme and Booking information to be announced. www.brightonphil.org.uk

“ Brighton is privileged to have an orchestra of such quality on its doorstep ”

Judith Clark, General Manager Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra 41 George Street Brighton BN2 1RJ Tel: 01273 622900

www.brightonphil.org.uk


Booking Information f Deadline for Friends Priority Booking

for Full/Extended Season Tickets - Friday 28 June. f Friends Priority Booking for

Part Season/Single Tickets - Monday 1 to Friday 12 July. All tickets are mailed out Mid-August For all enquiries on Friends Priority Booking please contact the BPO Office between 1 July - 12 July:

01273 622900 or mail@brightonphil.org.uk Please note: Season Tickets may only be booked through Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, 41 George Street, Brighton BN2 1RJ.

Public Booking opens via Brighton Dome Ticket Office on Monday 5 August 2013 Online www.brightondome.org (£1.75 transaction fee) Please note that Season Tickets cannot be booked online

By phone 01273 709709 Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm (£2.25 transaction fee) In person Brighton Dome Ticket Office, 29 New Road, Brighton BN1 1UG (MondaySaturday, 10am-6pm) Single Ticket Prices Price Code Single Tickets

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Season Tickets £173.25 £157.50 £131.25 (7 concerts save 25%) Extended Season Tickets £206.25 £187.50 £156.25 (8 concerts incl. New Year’s Eve) Part Season Tickets £79.20 £72 £60 (Concerts 1-3 Save 20%) Part Season Tickets £106 £96 £80 (Concerts 5-8 Save 20%)

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Discounts Under-18s, full time students, and customers on Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income Support are entitled to a discount of at least 50% (proof of status required). Registered disabled customers are entitled to one free ticket for their access assistant or companion. Discounts of 10% are available to groups of 10-19 people and 20% to groups of 20 or more. Family tickets allow up to two children (under 16) at a charge of £1 each when booked simultaneously with a full price adult ticket.

Pre-concert interviews Join presenter Peter Back as he interviews one of the performers before each concert*, for a fascinating insight into the music and the life of a musician. (Tickets £3 each)

Free printed and online programmes The BPO’s concert programmes are included in the price of your ticket. With a welcome from Barry Wordsworth, programme notes and information on the performers, they provide an in-depth look at the concert. Programmes are also available online from the BPO’s website before each concert*, so you can read them in advance. You can also download previous concert programmes from our online archive, view biographies of our orchestral principals, become a Friend of the Philharmonic, find out about our Early Bird Priority Booking Scheme and more, at

www.brightonphil.org.uk

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, 41 George Street, Brighton BN2 1RJ Tel 01273 622900 Fax 01273 697887 Email: mail@brightonphil.org.uk www.brightonphil.org.uk The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra is managed and promoted by the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society Ltd (Registered Charity No.250921) Music Director: Barry Wordsworth D.LITT President John Lill CBE Vice-Presidents: John Carewe, Jackie Lythell OBE Ronald Power MBE, David House Chair: Karen Platt General Manager: Judith Clark The Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society reserve the right to substitute artists and vary programmes if necessary.

*except 31 December

Design: Mark Attwell markattwell@btinternet.com

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra is grateful to the following for their support in 2013/14: Friends, Patrons and Life Members of the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society. D. V. Newbold CBE, Julian Pelling, Martin and Frances Lindsay-Hills, anonymous sponsors and sponsors of orchestral chairs. The John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust, the University of Brighton and Sapphire IT Ltd.

Flowers are kindly supplied by Gunns, 6 Castle Square, Brighton. Presentation Champagne is kindly donated by Neil Gershon. The Steinway concert pianos chosen and hired for these performances are supplied and maintained by Steinway & Sons.


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Low tariff pay & display on-street parking can be found in the Edward Street area (see map ) 7 days a week between 9am-8pm.

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The Lanes underground car park, Black Lion Street (see map ), operated by Brighton & Hove City Council, is being refurbished with improved lighting, décor and equipment for credit/debit card payments. City College’s car park in Whitecross Street (see map ) is open to the public at weekends.

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Some performances contain no suitable breaks until the interval.

Cloakroom A free cloakroom is available at BPO concerts.

Street signs and road markings indicate where on-street pay & display parking is in operation, please check signs for operation times and exact prices.

Access

For more information on Brighton & Hove car parks, on-street pay & display zones and parking tariffs, visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

There is a Sennheiser infra-red assisted hearing system in the Concert Hall. Please ask for your unit on arrival, allowing plenty of time before the performance.

Door Times Sundays: 1.15pm New Year’s Eve: 2.00pm Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.

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The Concert Hall has specially designed seat positions, lift access and toilet facilities for wheelchair users.

Guide dogs are welcome. To discuss your requirements prior to your visit please contact the ticket office on 01273 709709.


Brighton Philharmonic 2013-14