Saturday, 17 November 2018

Royal Philharmonic bring classical alive

READING’S 2015-2016 Classical Music Alive season gets under way at the Hexagon on Wednesday (October 7) with the Royal Philharmonic

READING’S 2015-2016 Classical Music Alive season gets under way at the Hexagon on Wednesday (October 7) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing a programme of much-loved works.

Having wanted to write something with an adventurous spirit, Beethoven created the exhilarating

Fidelio Overture
, which is a tour de force of orchestral virtuosity — so what better way to open than that?

The epitome of Romanticism and one of the most popular concertos in the classical repertory, Bruch’s

Violin Concerto No. 1
opens with an impassioned flourish for the solo violin.

Performed by the outstanding violinist, Tasmin Little, this piece contrasts rhythmic orchestral pattern with a dramatic solo theme.

Tasmin has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the South Bank Centre, the Barbican Centre, the Royal Albert Hall, the Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall.

Tasmin’s multi-award-winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, masterclasses, workshops and community outreach work, and her discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire.

On the afternoon of the concert, Tasmin will be taking a violin masterclass with young violinists from across Berkshire and South Oxfordshire.

This is an exciting opportunity for all involved. The young people will then have exclusive access to Tasmin’s rehearsal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ahead of the concert in the evening.

Closing the concert will be Mendelssohn’s

Symphony No. 3
. Inspired by his visit to Scotland as part of the Grand Tour, Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony evokes the wildness of the Highlands with the spirit of the Romantic movement.

One of the brightest stars of the younger generation of conductors, Rory Macdonald’s career was launched following assisting roles with Ivan Fischer, Mark Elder and Antonio Pappano.

Equally at home on the concert platform and in the opera house, he draws out distinctive interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire, and brings passion and intellectual insight to contemporary scores.

Rory studied music at Cambridge and plays violin and piano. While at university he studied under David Zinman and Jorma Panula at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen.

After graduating from Cambridge he was appointed assistant conductor to Iván Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra (2001-2003), and to Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra (2006-2008).

He was also a member of the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House (2004-2006), where he worked closely with Antonio Pappano on major projects such as the complete

cycle, and conducted performances of several operas.

Tickets for Wednesday’s concert start at just £18.50, inclusive of booking fees, with a range of concessions available. For further details or to book, call the box office on 0118 960 6060.

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