English String Orchestra- A String Pilgrimage

Bramall Music Building
Wednesday 8th October 2014 (19:30-21:30)
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Kenneth Woods - principal conductor

Tippett - Concerto for Double String Orchestra

John McCabe - “Pilgrim” for Double String Orchestra

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

Elgar - Introduction and Allegro for Strings

ESO String Quartet - Michael Bochmann, Angus Gibbon-violins, Helen Roberts- viola, Peter Adams- cello

The ESO’s first concert in the splendid acoustic of Elgar Hall with a survey of the best of English string orchestra music “Pilgrim” by ESO composer-in-association  John McCabe is a powerful evocation of John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress.” McCabe’s predecessor as ESO composer-in-association was Sir Michael Tippett, whose vibrant and witty Concerto opens the concert.

Few works have won the kind of place in listener’s hearts held by Vaughan Williams’ haunting Fantasia, a work the ESO has recorded to international acclaim. Finally, what better finale could there be for a concert in Elgar Hall than one of the master’s own finest works, performed by the orchestra based in his home town of Malvern? It promises to be a memorable evening.

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