APO prepare for two exciting concerts

Jenni Pinnock http://www.jennipinnock.com

One of Reading’s leading orchestras will be back in action later this month – and if you’ve never heard them before, you can get in free.

Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra is an amateur orchestra that presents three concerts per year. Unsusually, they hold intense rehearsals on weekends before the concert itself, enabling as many people as possible to get involved.

For its next will be performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto Number 1 and Mahler’s Symphony Number 1 in D Major at the concert, which will be held at the Great Hall in London Road on Saturday, October 18.

As usual, they will be conducted by Andrew Taylor and the group will welcome Geoffrey Silver as the violinst.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £12, £10 for concessions, £5 for under 16s. The orchestra also runs a special Concert Virgins scheme, which offers free admittance for anyone who has never been to a classical music concert before.

World premiere

Plans are already being made for the Orchestra’s next concert, which takes place on Saturday, January 17, 2015 in Reading’s Town Hall.

The programme includes the world premiere of a new piece of music based on climate change, created by a talented newcomer.

The Orchestra is keen to encourage younger musicians and runs the annual contest to search for up and coming talents. The winner this year is Jenni Pinnock and her piece will be performed for the first time in January.

Writing on his blog, APO’s Musical Director Andrew Taylor said: ” As ever, the standard of entries was very high. Jenni impressed us with the clarity of her ideas and compositional voice.”

The programme will feature Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony.

Andrew said: “Both these works have a relationship to the First World War, in particular the irrevocable change that it brought about.Jenni’s vision for her piece is to reflect on irrevocable change that is happening around us now: climate change.

“We are looking forward to working with her in the coming months to realise this vision.”

For more details, or to book, log on to the Orchestra’s website, www.aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk.

Last modified on Thursday, 09 October 2014 13:42