The Queen is 90 this year. To celebrate, violinist Peter Fisher and his string orchestra the Chamber Ensemble of London return to the Kenton Theatre on Thursday (May 19) with music for (and by!) royalty.
Float along the Thames with George I’s Water Music. Take a gallop with The Rider composed by Prince Albert. He and Queen Victoria loved performing Mendelssohn, who is also featured.
A rarity is music by John Eccles who was Master of the Musick to no less than four monarchs – William III, Anne, George I and George II. Musical knights Sullivan and Elgar are represented. More up-to-date is Peter Maxwell Davies’s Birthday Card for Prince Charles.
Our present Queen is celebrated with Elizabethan Serenade composed in the year of her accession and music specially written and recorded for her by Duke Ellington.
Majesty a new piece by the Ensemble’s composer-arranger Clive Jenkins has been played for the Queen herself as she led members of the Royal Family and the Knights of the Garter into the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle.
Peter Fisher has travelled the world as violin soloist. According to The Times¸ he is in “a handful of the world’s finest musicians”. A recent CD by CEOL has had well over a hundred broadcasts on Classic FM. “Beautiful ensemble playing” was the verdict of the Henley Standard the last time CEOL played the Kenton.
And, yes, the National Anthem will be played at this concert. The full programme for the evening, which starts at 7.30pm, is as follows:
Henry Purcell: Fairy Queen Overture
William Boyce: Symphony No.2 in A
Felix Mendelssohn: Wedding March
Prince Albert: The Rider
John Eccles: Suite for Strings
Edward Elgar: Serenade
Arthur Sullivan: Overture to The Yeomen of the Guard
George Frideric Handel arr. Jenkins: Suite from the Water Music
Clive Jenkins: Majesty
Ronald Binge: Elizabethan Serenade
Duke Ellington: Sunset and the Mocking Bird
Peter Maxwell Davies: A Birthday Card for Prince Charles
Edward German: Three Dances from Henry VIII
For full details and to book tickets, call the Kenton box office on (01491) 575698 or visit www.kentontheatre.co.uk