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Saturday 22nd September 2018 at 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Violin - Freya Goldmark

Lutoslawski - Little Suite

Bruch - Violin Concerto No.1

Sibelius - Symphony No.1

Saturday 1st December 2018 at 7.30pm

St. Peter’s Church, Oundle

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Violin - Diego Vassallo

Borodin - Overture, Prince Igor

Brahms - Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.2 “Little Russian”

Song and Dance!

Saturday 16th March 2019 at 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Conductor - David Calow

Soprano - Caroline Trutz


Dvorák - Song to the Moon

Rachmaninov - Vocalise

Puccini - O Mio Babbino Caro

Over the Rainbow, Memory and

I Could Have Danced All Night


Shostakovich - March, Waltz and Dance

from Jazz Suite No.2

Glazunov - Ballet Suite from The Seasons

Stravinsky - Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird

Bernstein - West Side Story Suite

Kander - Chicago Suite

Hardiman - Lord of the Dance

Saturday 11th May 2019 at 7.30pm

St. Peter’s Church, Oundle

Conductor - Paul Hilliam

Piano - Anne Bolt

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K.466

Mahler - Symphony No.5

Tchaikovsky in Oundle

Mozart and Mahler in Vienna

The first concert in Rutland Sinfonia’s 42nd season is launched with a short piece by a composer new to the Orchestra. Lutoslawski’s ‘Little Suite’ is only 11 minutes long, but I’m certain its rhythmic drive and strong folk-based thematic material will leave you wanting to hear more from Poland’s outstanding 20th century composer. We then welcome back Freya Goldmark to play Bruch’s popular Violin Concerto before performing Sibelius’ First Symphony. An 1897 performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 ‘Pathetique’ in Helsinki had an influence on Sibelius, but the mature Sibelius is already powerfully evident in this early work.

Diego Vassallo is the second soloist we are looking forward to working with again, this time in the Violin Concerto by Brahms. Folk-inspired music features in Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony known as the ‘Little Russian’ and this first Oundle concert gets off to a rousing start with Borodin’s Overture ‘Prince Igor’. Associate Conductor David Calow gives us “Song and Dance!” in our March Oakham concert. Dance-inspired music from Ballet, Theatre and Musicals contrasts with songs from the stage and concert hall sung by local soprano Caroline Trutz. Rutland Sinfonia returns to Oundle in May to perform Mahler’s mighty Fifth Symphony (you may well have heard our performance of Mahler’s First Symphony in Oundle two seasons ago). There are a number of other fifth symphonies by well known composers that also move from dark tragedy in minor keys at their onset to blazing triumph in major keys in their closing bars (those by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich are obvious examples). In his Fifth Symphony Mahler explores emotional extremes starting with a first movement Funeral March, but the most famous movement is the Adagietto for harp and strings. The great conductor Mengelberg wrote ‘This Adagietto was Gustav Mahler’s declaration of love to Alma! Instead of a letter, he confided it in this movement without a word of explanation. She understood and replied: He should come!!!’ Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20 starts this concert, with Anne Bolt joining us again as soloist in this work.

We look forward to seeing you in our 2018/19 season!