ORCHESTRAL SEASON 2013/2014 With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Subscribe to a season of world-class music and enjoy up to 20% off ticket prices
“The Royal Philharmonic plays like a dream” The Times
2 l Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk
Welcome to the 2013/14 Orchestral Season at Royal & Derngate We are delighted to present another series of first-rate classical performances for our 2013/14 Orchestral Season. With our new, improved subscription packages you could now make even more savings if you book for four or more concerts. If you book for all seven you can enjoy a 20% discount. The season includes six concerts by our Resident Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and we are thrilled to be welcoming world-class soloists, including acclaimed British pianist John Lill, who celebrates his 70th birthday with a concert including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3, and renowned guitarist John Williams, who will perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. There will be the opportunity to hear Chloë Hanslip performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto, and rising star Alexandra Dariescu plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 in a concert which also features Mozart’s Requiem. The RPO’s series of concerts gets off to a rousing start with a spectacular Tchaikovsky Gala in November. This autumn we are also pleased to host the eighth annual Malcolm Arnold Festival, celebrating the music of the prolific Northampton-born composer. Over the course of a weekend, the festival offers a host of informative talks, recitals and performances, culminating in a gala concert on the Sunday evening, available as part of your subscription. The Orchestral Season will close on a high with our ever-popular Last Night Of The Derngate Proms concert, when Northampton Bach Choir will join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra again for a spectacular evening of Proms favourites by some of the finest classical composers. We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting and even more affordable new season.
Martin Sutherland Chief Executive
Book four or more concerts in our new classical season and save up to 20% on your tickets. By subscribing, you can also enjoy: • A priority booking period before seats are released for general sale • A no-fuss ticket exchange option allowing you to exchange your tickets for an alternative concert in the season if your plans change • A flexible payment method with the option of spreading out the cost of your subscription over a four-month period • A free programme at every concert, when booking for all seven concerts
The Annual Malcolm Arnold Festival Gala Concert
Movie Classics SUN 20 OCTOBER 7.30PM 2013
Badelt Pirates Of The Caribbean Arnold The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness – Orchestral Suite Alwyn Odd Man Out Williams Schindler’s List Arnold Clarinet Concerto No.2 Alwyn The True Glory – March Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue Barry Out Of Africa Arnold You Know What Sailors Are Rimsky-Korsakov Flight Of The Bumblebee Ravel Bolero Conductor John Gibbons Clarinet Julian Bliss Worthing Symphony Orchestra (The Malcolm Arnold Festival Orchestra) A weekend of talks and events, celebrating the life and works of prolific Northampton-born composer Sir Malcolm Arnold, culminates in this spectacular gala concert, featuring acclaimed young British clarinettist, Julian Bliss. More information about the festival, and how to book tickets for the rest of the festival weekend events, will be available from our website at www.royalandderngate.co.uk
4 l Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk
Tchaikovsky Gala SUN 17 NOVEMBER 7.30Pm 2013 This spectacular and explosive concert pays tribute to the genius of Tchaikovsky, with an unmissable programme ranging from his sunny Capriccio Italien to the popular tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in the Romeo And Juliet Fantasy Overture.
Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien Piano Concerto No.1 Romeo And Juliet Fantasy Overture Sleeping Beauty Waltz 1812 Overture Conductor Barry Wordsworth Piano Peter Donohoe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Renowned pianist Peter Donohoe performs Tchaikovsky’s immortal Piano Concerto No.1 with its familiar opening and fiendishly virtuosic passages. Initially disapproved of by his critics, his first piano concerto has become one of the great war-horses of Romantic concertos for keyboard. Music Director of the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden Barry Wordsworth conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in this fabulous concert which culminates with the rousing and brassy grand finale of the 1812 Overture. FREE Pre-Concert Talk 6.30pm With Peter Donohoe
Mozart Requiem SUN 16 FEBRUARY 7.30PM 2014 This stirring evening of Mozart opens with BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Rising Star’ Alexandra Dariescu performing his Piano Concerto No.21. One of his most popular piano concertos, with its most atmospheric slow movement sandwiched by witty and marchlike sections, Mozart premièred this piece himself.
Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 Requiem Conductor Renato Balsadonna Piano Alexandra Dariescu Soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn Mezzo Soprano Kitty Whately Tenor Anthony Gregory Baritone David Stout Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Northampton Bach Choir Boys and men from All Saints Church Choir
Mozart’s masterpiece, his Requiem, will be conducted by Renato Balsadonna, Chorus Master from the Royal Opera House. Composed under mysterious circumstances, this is a work of intense drama and depth. Joining the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on stage to perform the Requiem is the Northampton Bach Choir. FREE Pre-Concert Talk 6.30pm With Alexandra Dariescu
John Lill’s 70th Birthday Celebrations
SUN 16 MARCH 7.30PM 2014
Schubert Unfinished Symphony Bruch Violin Concerto Elgar ‘Enigma’ Variations Conductor Nicholas Collon Violin Chloë Hanslip Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 Dvořák Symphony No.8 Conductor Thomas Dausgaard Piano John Lill Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Join us for the 70th Birthday Celebration of acclaimed British pianist John Lill, declared by The Independent to be “still a majestic presence... one was immediately drawn in by the unforced, unselfconscious beauty of the sound.” Lill will be performing Rachmaninov’s passionate Piano Concerto No.3. The concert opens with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, written when the composer was on holiday in Scotland, conjuring musical pictures of the rugged landscape. The result is a work full of tempestuous drama and wistful lyricism. Completing this evening’s programme is Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, one of his most exuberant works, drawing on Bohemian folk music for inspiration. FREE Pre-Concert Talk 6.30pm With John Lill
SUN 4 MAY 7.30PM 2014
Forming the centrepiece of the concert, between Schubert and Elgar, Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto is one of the most popular in the genre, full of romantic melodies and exuberant themes, and in the hands of Chloë Hanslip, this is sure to be a performance of virtuosity and sensitivity. Although Schubert intended further movements, his ‘unfinished’ two-movement symphony seems curiously perfect, from the wonderful singing Allegro moderato to the heart-breaking Andante con moto. Providing a fitting ending for tonight’s programme is Elgar’s best-loved creation. His glorious ‘Enigma’ Variations include an air of mystic and orchestral flair, reaching great emotional depth in the well-known Nimrod theme. FREE Pre-Concert Talk 6.30pm With Chloë Hanslip
6 l Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk
Last Night Of The Derngate Proms SUN 13 JULY 7.30PM 2014
John Williams performs Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez SUN 8 JUNE 7.30PM 2014 Elgar In The South Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez Goss Guitar Concerto Gershwin An American In Paris Conductor Alexander Shelley Guitar John Williams Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The most celebrated classical guitarist in the world, John Williams, performs what is surely the most popular guitar concerto in the world: Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. The Concerto conjures up the palatial gardens at Aranjuez, and, as Rodrigo recalled: “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains”. The evening also features the new Guitar Concerto by Stephen Goss, a work championed by John Williams, and premièred by the RPO at Royal & Derngate in 2012.
Rachmaninov Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini Rossini William Tell Overture Handel Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah Elgar Pomp And Circumstance March No.1 Parry Jerusalem Arne Rule, Britannia! ... and many more Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes Piano Danny Driver Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Northampton Bach Choir Owain Arwel Hughes is a well-known conductor whose evenings of familiar toe-tapping tunes are not to be missed. Back by popular demand, the Last Night Of The Derngate Proms is a medley of musical fun and frolics, with this year’s event featuring special guest Danny Driver performing Rachmaninov’s irresistible Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini. Other highlights in this action-packed concert include Rossini’s galloping William Tell Overture and Handel’s majestic Hallelujah Chorus - but as we approach the closing stages of this momentous concert it is time to wave your flags and hear the nation’s favourite orchestra perform the best of British, in Elgar’s Pomp And Circumstance March and Arne’s Rule, Britannia!
As well as our trip to Spain with Rodrigo, we visit Italy, in Elgar’s sunny In The South, and France, in Gershwin’s delightful and humorous work, An American In Paris. FREE Pre-Concert Talk 6.30pm With John Williams and Alexander Shelley
Pre-Concert Talks Our free pre-concert talks will this year be hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff. They take place at 6.30pm in the auditorium prior to the evening’s performance, at selected concerts. See individual concert listings for more information.
Real Discounts Real Discounts, our discount ticket scheme for 14-26 year olds, aims to make theatre and music affordable and accessible for arts lovers of all ages. Under the scheme 14-26 year olds can book tickets for the concerts in our Orchestral Season for just £11.
All performances by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are accompanied by sessions that are designed for Early Years (2-5 year olds) and Juniors (6-13 yr olds). These sessions will include songs, musical games and a chance to talk to the players about what life is really like in the Orchestra, as well as using their help to create your very own piece. Be warned however, adults will need to join in too! No instrumental skills are necessary, but if you can play, please do bring along your instrument.
Why not relax and enjoy a meal before the concerts? For the first six concerts of the season you can book a delicious Deli Board, featuring seasonal produce, accompanied by a selection of breads and dips, for just £10. Vegetarian options are available.
For more information please contact our Creative Projects Manager on 01604 655732 or email georgia.munnion@ royalandderngate.co.uk
End your Orchestral Season in style at the Last Night Of The Derngate Proms, and join us prior to the performance for strawberries and cream and a celebratory glass of champagne for £9. Pre-show meals must be booked in advance from the Box Office. Meals are served at 6pm.
These projects are provided in conjunction with Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust
8 l Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk
Coming Soon To Royal & Derngate There is much more to enjoy at Royal & Derngate in our next season and throughout the year. Here are just some of the highlights that we hope you will join us for.
To Sir, With Love
Peter Schaufuss Ballet
FRI 6 – SAT 28 SEP
MON 9 – SAT 14 SEP
MON 30 SEP – SAT 5 OCT
A world premiere stage adaptation of the true story of an inspirational black teacher in post-war London, made famous by the acclaimed film starring Sidney Poitier.
The award-winning choreographer, director and dance legend Peter Schaufuss presents Swan Lake and Romeo And Juliet.
Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s extraordinary, smash-hit musical comes to Northampton with its wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance.
Richard Alston Dance Company
The Wind In The Willows
TUE 8 – WED 9 OCT
WED 27 NOV – SUN 5 JAN
FRI 6 DEC – SUN 5 JAN
Celebrating the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten, Richard Alston revives his exhilarating Les Illuminations.
Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s story is brought to life for all the family this Christmas.
Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane star in our enchanting family programme, this year with spectacular 3D effects.
Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust We continue to work closely with Northamptonshire Music And Performing Arts Trust, and are delighted to host regular concerts by their talented young performers throughout the year in Derngate auditorium, as well as their more informal pre‑show Music Shots which audiences enjoy free of charge in the foyer before our Orchestral Season concerts. Look out for their forthcoming performances:
Schools Music and Arts Festival – Wed 19 & Thu 20 June Summer Festival of Music – Sun 7 July 9
How To Book Follow these simple steps to make your booking for the 2013/2014 Orchestral Season. With our new subscription packages you could now make even more savings if you book for four or more concerts. If you book for all seven you can enjoy a 20% discount (a saving of £45.50 per person across the season on top price tickets, compared with a saving of £21 last year).
3. Check the subscription table below for the price you will pay per ticket.
1. Decide how many concerts you would like to see (you need to choose four or more to qualify for discounts).
All subscriptions are dealt with by booking form only during the priority period. Please complete the form and return either by post or by hand to Box Office. Forms will be processed in the order in which they are received.
2. Choose where you would like to sit using the seating plan opposite and note the corresponding price band.
4. Complete all of the details on a booking form – remember to highlight on the form if you subscribed to the season last year. 5. Return your booking form, along with your details and payment or direct debit mandate.
Booking forms are available from our Box Office and are downloadable from our website.
STANDARD PRICES Price band
Individual ticket prices
Subscription prices (per ticket) 4 concerts (5% off)
5 concerts (10% off)
6 concerts (15% off)
7 concerts (20% off)
Concession PRICES 60+, Groups 10+, Disabled Patrons, Friends, Gold Supporters Price band
Individual ticket prices
Subscription prices (per ticket) 4 concerts (5% off)
5 concerts (10% off)
6 concerts (15% off)
7 concerts (20% off)
Subscription booking deadline
Real Discounts (14–26 year olds): All tickets £11 Under 14s: All tickets £5 Family Tickets (max. 2 adults): £68 Schools: £5 per student
Priority booking deadline for subscribers Wed 29 May General Booking Wed 12 June All subscription tickets will be posted out no later than Fri 28 June
10 l Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk
Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk
Large print, audio and Braille versions of this brochure are available on request. 11
Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP Royal & Derngate is a trading name of The Northampton Theatre Trust Limited. Charity No. 1075741. Company No. 3640915. VAT No. 623 5320 71
Royal & Derngate Orchestral Season 2013/2014