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SATURDAY 15th December – The Lakeland Sinfonia and pianist Llyr Willams

For our next concert is we welcome our own Lakeland Sinfonia, conducted by Wyn Davies and with Llyr Williams as the soloist.

Llyr Williams

The centrepiece is Beethoven’s 5th piano concerto – the Emperor – the last and grandest of his piano concertos.  It was first performed in 1811, by which time Beethoven was completely deaf.  The title ‘Emperor’ is thought to have been attributed by Beethoven’s English publisher – certainly not by Beethoven himself – he had removed the dedication of the Eroica symphony to Napoleon in disgust when he assumed the title of Emperor.

Llyr Williams is a greatly admired Welsh pianist and a renowned interpreter of Beethoven, having played the complete piano sonatas on several occasions – most recently at the Wigmore Hall, and this cycle has recently been released as a 12-CD Box set by Signum Classics, to much acclaim.

After the grand first half, the second half of the concert is something of a contrast, full of well-known and popular favourites: Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, a Concerto for Two Trumpets by Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, music by Ernest Tomlinson from his Cinderella Suite, and Manuel de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance.

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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.