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Aldworth Philharmonic prepare for January concert

The Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra is preparing for its first concert of the new year.

Taking place on Saturday, January 21, the group – which rehearses at Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning – will be performing four pieces including a world premiere.

The orchestra, comprising amateur musicians who rehearse intensively on the weekend before the concert, has been working hard preparing its take on Max Charles Davies’ new work, Tiny Symphony.

The work, specially commissioned by the orchestra, is described by Max as: “a little musical portrait of my two-year-old son, Sebastian.

“But, it does also contain all the elements of a late-classical-period symphony in miniature: a sonata form first movement, a scherzo and trio, a slow movement, and a sonata-rondo finale.

“So it is quite literally a Tiny Symphony, about a tiny person, and because of its bite-sized proportions, gives a little flavour of what (at least this composer’s) contemporary classical music is all about, without being too long or intimidating.”

It is not the first time that the group has worked with Max. Seven years ago, they performed his piece The Mysterious Kiss, a concerto for the APO and the winner of its Young Composers Award.

Also being performed are:

  • Nielsen – Concerto for flute and orchestra (soloist – Nicola Loten)
  • Max Charles Davies – The Way of Things – World premiere of new work commissioned by APO
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.1, ‘Winter Daydreams

The group will, as usual, be conducted by Andrew Taylor and the guest flautist will be Nicola Loten.

It takes place from 7.3opm at Reading’s Concert Hall in Blagrave Street. Tickets cost £12.

If you have never been to a classical music concert before, APO runs a Concert Virgins scheme, offering free entry.

For more details, log on to the APO’s website.