Sunday, 18 November 2018

A rare chance to hear bassoon

LANGTREE Sinfonia’s autumn concert will feature a number of pieces for an unusual instrument — the bassoon.

LANGTREE Sinfonia’s autumn concert will feature a number of pieces for an unusual instrument — the bassoon.

Madeleine Millar will take to the stage to play Weber’s Concerto For Bassoon, as well as Elgar’s Romance For The Bassoon And Orchestra.

Madeleine is currently principal bassoon with the Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra and has represented the UK in Beijing as principal of the bassoon quartet, Acer Saccarum. She has also held scholarships with Berkshire Maestros and the Abbey School.

Nicholas Kiff, spokesman for Langtree Sinfonia, said: “The bassoon does not have a great number of concerti to its name, and in hearing the Weber piece with the Elgar we will be hearing this fine instrument in all its many aspects.

“Elgar delighted in writing miniature pieces and in the Romance For Bassoon And Orchestra he portrayed the bassoon not as clown but as a poet and singer, and as a result produced a piece of real charm.”

The concert will be held at St Mary’s Church in Wallingford on Saturday, November 23 at 7pm. It will open with the overture to Weber’s early opera Peter Schmoll, and will finish with Schubert’s Symphony No 4, known as the Tragic. Paul Cox will conduct.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling 0118 941 5498.

s first success as a popular composer and the overture is an attractive, if rarely played, piece.

It also exists in a version for cello and orchestra.

Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon was written in 1811in Munich and together with Mozart’s piece is one of the two staples of the bassoon repertoire. The bassoon does not have a great number of concerti to its name, and in hearing the Weber piece with the Elgar we will be hearing this fine instrument in all its many aspects. The Langtree Sinfonia will be accompanying Madeleine Millar for this performance.

Madeleine is currently principal bassoon with the Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra and has held music scholarships with Berkshire Maestros and The Abbey School for many years. She has also represented this country in Beijing as principal of the bassoon quartet, Acer Saccarum.



The orchestra began as a music class in adult education in 1971 and went on to establish itself as an independent orchestra to further its development. When the orchestra celebrated its 40th anniversary the orchestra combined with local choirs to perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, a work which combined vocal and instrumental soloists with the orchestra. Other works played have included Brahm’s Academic Festival overture and Dvorak’s 6th Symphony.



The evening will be rounded off with Schubert’s’s turbulent 4th Symphony, known as the `Tragic’, possibly for sound commercial reasons !. Written in 1816 when the composer was just 19, it shows a combination of classical form and youthful exuberance.



Paul Cox conducts.



Tickets Available at the door or from 0118 9415498

Adults £10.00

Students £5.00

Under 16s free

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