SATURDAY 16th March – Lakeland Sinfonia with Lucy Gould

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Concert at 7.30pm (please note that on this occasion there is no pre-concert talk)

For our penultimate concert of the season we welcome back the Lakeland Sinfonia, conducted by Philip Ellis, and with renowned violinist Lucy Gould as soloist.

At the centre of the programme is one of the most popular of all violin concertos, not to say of all concertos – Mendelssohn’s in E minor, op.64 – actually his second violin concerto, though the first, a very early work, is not often played.  Lucy Gould may be best known as the leader of the Gould Piano Trio, but she is a superb violinist in her own right, and will bring her essentially musical and lyrical style to  this splendid concerto.

The concert opens with a work by Carl Nielsen, a great composer whose work we have rarely featured. We hear his atmospheric Helios Overture. Written in 1903 when he was staying in Athens with his wife, it was inspired by the sun rising and over the Aegean.

In the second half of the concert we hear Dvorak’s Symphony no. 8 in G, op. 88.  Dvorak’s 9th and last symphony – ‘From the New World’ – is so popular that it has tended to overshadow his 7th and 8th, both of which are great works.  Symphony no. 8 draws its inspiration from Dvorak’s Bohemian homeland, and is full of the kind of lyrical and optimistic music we often associate with Dvorak.

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The Society is grateful to Arts Council England, through its Grants for the Arts scheme, and to South Lakeland District Council for grants for 2018-19. We are also grateful for the support of our President John Summers, CEO of the Hallé.