Petersfield Orchestra’s autumn concert takes place at 7.30 pm in the Petersfield Festival Hall on Thursday 17 November, with a free pre-concert event at 6.30 pm.
Two mighty works by Tchaikovsky will soon be echoing round Petersfield Festival Hall under the baton of conductor Robin Browning.
Petersfield Orchestra begin their autumn concert with his overture, Romeo & Juliet. In this work Tchaikovsky selected a few episodes from the tale of Shakespeare’s tragic lovers and fashioned them into a gripping musical sequence. Full of colour and drama, the score also abounds in glorious tunes portraying the elemental passion that will lead hero and heroine to their doom.
Then in the second half of the concert we encounter a different side to the composer. His epic Fourth Symphony is often flamboyant, sometimes tender, and always rhythmic and tuneful –in the song-like slow movement, or the scherzo, played on plucked strings throughout – but especially perhaps in the whirlwind finale, where all the orchestra are given an exciting virtuoso workout.
Between the two Tchaikovsky masterpieces comes the ever-popular Trumpet Concerto by Armenian composer Alexander Arutiunian. Brash, even noisy in places, sometimes jazzy, sometimes folk-like, it is a favourite of trumpet superstar Lucy Humphris. Lucy, originally from Grayshott, has a devoted local following, and a growing international reputation. She played this piece when a pupil at Churcher’s College and is returning as a soloist with Petersfield Orchestra for a second time.