Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Axe Vale Orchestra is featuring popular classical music with local soloists in their next concert.
It takes place on Sunday, June 8, in St Andrew’s Church, Colyton, starting at 7pm.
Leader Alex Ennis and fellow orchestra member Rachel Burrough are the soloists in JS Bach’s well-known concerto for two violins and orchestra (BWV 1043). Two lively outer movements showing Bach’s advanced ideas for the time surround the beautiful slow central movement.
Director of music at St Andrew’s, Nicholas Brown will play Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto. It is perhaps less well known than the later piano works but also shows a composer ahead of his time. Beethoven played it himself when he was trying to establish himself in Vienna, and there is plenty of brilliance and humour for the soloist to show off.
Nicholas Brown and one of his pupils, Jesse Wilson, join the orchestra for Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, a ‘zoological fantasy’ full of melody and fun – spot the references to other composers, or just enjoy the famous tortoises dancing the can-can, kangaroos leaping up and down, and the music for Pavlova’s beautiful dance The Swan.
Tickets (£9 for adults, free for children and students) are available from The Little Shop, in Colyton, the Archway Bookshop in Axminster and on the door.