...said Andrew Penny at the pre-concert talk last Saturday. I'm not a fan of dissonant music (yet) and was expecting to abandon the concert at the interval. However, I was swept along with Andrew's enthusiasm so stayed for the second half, and was glad I did.
It was an unexpected pleasure to see the East Riding Youth Orchestra (aged 12 to 19) involved in this demanding music too.
I will definitely be exploring Arnold's symphonies further, and will consider attending the annual event in Northampton next year.
Date of event: 26nov11. Malcolm Arnold 90th anniversary concert. Conductor: Andrew Penny. Leader: Patricia Mitchell. Pre-concert talk by Andrew Penny and Paul Harris on the Symphonies of Malcolm Arnold. The National Anthem. 1) Festive Overture op 96. Dmitri Shostakovich. played by Hull Phil & ER Youth Orch. 2) Symphony no 8 op 124 Malcolm Arnold played by ER Youth Orch. 3) Concerto for Clarinet & Strings, with Harp and Piano. Aaron Copland. Emma Johnson - clarinet. Interval. 4) Symphony no 7 op 113 Malcolm Arnold played by the Hull Phil.
p.s. IMHO, Emma Johnson is a National Treasure.
'After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music'.
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