City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra

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Programme to include:

Nicolai: Overture - The Merry Wives of Windsor
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto; Trumpet: Giovanni Re 
Butterworth - The Banks of Green Willow
Dvorak - Slavonic Dances

Walton - Crown Imperial March 
Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks
Coates - Sleepy Lagoon; Calling all Workers; Knightsbridge March & Dambusters March
Elgar - Pomp & Circumstance No.1
Arne - Rule Britannia: Soprano: Liz Williams
Summer Jubilee Prom
11th June 2022 at 7.30pm
Conductor: Bjorn Bantock

Ormiston Bushfield Academy Theatre

 
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Next Concerts

13th November, 3pm
5th March 2023, 3pm
17th June 2023, 7.30pm

Programme Note

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To commemorate this jubilee like no other we present a sequence of great classical music, brimming with nostalgic tunes, spanning the extraordinary reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Fittingly opening with Otto Nicolai’s entertaining take on Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor and follows with Haydn’s perennially popular Trumpet Concerto.  A gentle clarinet solo introduces Butterworth’s evocation of the English countryside, and the first half closes with Dvorak’s lively Slavonic Dances.

 

The second half follows a “Proms” style of programming with a sequence of well-known English works.  Walton’s “Crown Imperial” march was

commissioned for the coronation of the Queen’s father, King George VI, in Westminster Abbey in 1937, at its centre a great tune, at once glorious and solemn.  More royal connections follow.  George II commissioned Handel for an accompaniment to a firework display in London's Green Park.  We may not have 24 oboes and 9 trumpets as on that April day in 1749, but the Suite for Royal Fireworks always goes with a bang, as it did indeed at the Golden Jubilee in 2002 in the gardens of Buckingham Palace complete with fireworks.

 

Popular radio tunes next, composed by Eric Coates from the time of Her Majesty’s youth, “Knightsbridge”, “Sleepy Lagoon” and “Calling All Workers” will be familiar to both young and old.  At the climax sing along to the famous trio, “Rule Britannia!” set by Thomas Arne in 1740, Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance No.1”, the first of a set of four marches composed between 1901 and 1907, with the glorious “Land of Hope and Glory” chorus, and finally Hubert Parry’s 1916 setting of William Blake’s poem “Jerusalem”.  We play out with that most evocative of Eric Coates’ compositions, The Dam Busters March, composed for the 1955 film, providing a fitting conclusion to an historical celebration without precedence.

 
 
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I am a professional trumpet player who has moved to London to continue my playing career. I gained my trumpet Post Grade at the Italian Music Conservatory before attending an academic course at the “Academy Orchestra of La Scala Opera House of Milan” to further develop my orchestral playing. Since then I have been working professionally as a Freelance Trumpet Player with professional orchestras in Italy and UK .I can contribute a lot from my orchestral background obtained through experience of different styles of music: Opera, Symphonic, Chamber and Solo.

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Liz lives in Oundle and frequently appears in concerts, oratorios and recitals in the area. Her stage roles include Carmen, Azucena (Il Trovatore), Amneris (Aida), Amelia (A Masked Ball), Musetta (La Boheme), Rosalinda and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd) and the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors). Liz loves singing with the CPSO, most recently at their concert in March, and especially enjoyed appearing as the mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem in Spring 2019 – it had long been at the top of her wish-list! She will shortly play another ‘Mother’ in the premier of ‘Passport to Freedom’ in Oundle at the end of June.

 
 
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Bjorn has an extensive performance schedule conducting ensembles and orchestras internationally. He is principal conductor of the Irish Memory Orchestra and has been a guest conductor for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town, the European Bienniale in Naples and the Svanker Music Festival. Bjorn was also principal conductor for the  St Albans Symphony Orchestra, the London Medical Orchestra, the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, the Europa Ensemble and the Film Score Spectacular Orchestra and the International String Orchestra Festival in Malta.

Passionate about teaching, Bjorn runs the Conducting Course for the National Schools Symphony Orchestra course in Malvern College and the Conducting Course for the Open Strings Festival in Denmark.  He also founded and is principal conductor for the London Chamber Strings which showcases London’s finest string professionals. Hand-picked specifically for their musical integrity and stunning virtuosity the London Chamber Strings are led by David Juritz.

Bjorn regularly conducts the Hertfordshire Philharmonia and worked as conductor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the London Contemporary Dance School and the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain. He has broadcast live on the SABC, BBC and S4C and has recorded and produced CD’s for the Kingsway Record label. Bjorn studied conducting with Colin Metters, Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has won numerous prizes, bursaries and scholarships including first prize in the Sir John Barbirolli competition, RNCM Contemporary Music Performance Prize
 and a Full International ABRSM Scholarship.