Splendid end to Cheltenham Concert Series
By David Wood
Three fantastic favourites close this year's Cheltenham Concert Series featuring the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra at Cheltenham Town Hall on Thursday (June 16) at 7.30pm.
First, Mendelssohn Overture, The Hebrides, Op.26 which was written after Mendelssohn's 1829 visit to Fingal's Cave on the Scottish island of Staffa. Its sweeping, broody theme captures the grandeur of both cave and islands, though he himself referred to it solely as The Hebrides.
Another Classic FM hit (Number One five times), Bruch's most famous work Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 (for which he never received a penny!) follows, complete with its yearning E flat adagio.
Beethoven's Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 (the first ever to replace minuet with scherzo) was written in his prime, at 31, but is still known as the final work of his 'early' period, and, like the first symphony, its obvious 18th century Viennese roots are plain to hear and enjoy.
The conductor is Marios Papadopoulos and the concert features violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen.
There is a pre-concert talk (6.30pm to 7pm) to which entry is free using your ticket for the concert.
In a special deal, customers are being offered a 30 per cent ticket discount across price band A and B seats. To redeem the offer and to find out more please visit https://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/event/oxford-philharmonic-orchestra-2022-357761/
The promo code for the discount is OXFORD30.
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