Robin Browning is looking forward to a diverse set of concerts in the Spring, and is enjoying the results of his repertoire planning, an integral part of his work as a conductor.
On Sunday 5 February Robin and the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra are joined by the Taiwanese violinist, Rose Hsien, for the Mozart Violin Concerto No 5 in A K219, often referred to by its nickname The Turkish. Rose is one of today’s most sought after young violinists, having won many international competitions including the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. The programme begins in vivacious Italianate style with Berlioz Rob Roy Overture, which was inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s eponymous novel, and ends with Tchaikovsky Manfred Overture, a work often recorded but seldom heard in the concert hall, to mark the 200th Anniversary of Byron’s epic supernatural poem in music. Further information and tickets here.
Robin conducts the Havant Chamber Orchestra on Saturday 11 February and is delighted to be joined by the young British oboist James Turnbull. Described by The Independent as “a worthy champion” of contemporary oboe music, James has dedicated much of his performing life to promoting and extending the oboe repertoire. In this concert he returns to the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto in D major, one of the greatest concertos of the 20th century, which is preceded by Mendelssohn Overture The Fair Melusine, one of Mendelssohn’s lesser known free standing overtures, but one close to his heart, in which he portrays a complex emotional landscape of psyches in conflict and pain intruding on idyllic love. Mozart’s exuberant and final Symphony No 41 in G major ‘Jupiter’ brings the concert to a rousing end. Further information and tickets here.
són continues to present concerts in the Turner Sims concert hall and also makes its debut in the breath-taking surroundings and acoustically stunning Romsey Abbey, one of Hampshire’s architectural jewels on 18 March 2017 at 7.30pm.
Speaking about his projects in 2017 Robin says:
“I’m hugely looking forward to the coming year with all the orchestras I’m conducting, not least with són as we enter an exciting new phase: on the one hand, deepening our existing relationship with Turner Sims (where we gave our opening four concerts), and on the other, branching out, as we make our debut in Romsey Abbey.
The programmes for all these concerts have just been announced, and between them represent exactly the mix of things I’m excited to be planning with són.
For Romsey Abbey on 18 March, we’ve an elegant classical programme, centred on a continuation of our Beethoven symphony cycle that we began so memorably, earlier in 2016, with the Eroica alongside Classic FM legend John Suchet. Talking of Beethoven, I’m also planning a four-year series of performances and multimedia projects with són, culminating in the monumental 9th, as part of the global Beethoven 2020 celebrations. More on this anon. The programme for Romsey Abbey on 18 March also features two heavenly arias from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the exquisite Exultate Jubilate performed by soprano Lucy Knight – one of the UK’s brightest young stars.
We also reference our Reimagined, Recomposed 16-17 season theme – which brings together all manner of works which have been reworked by composers and arrangers long after the original composition – with a performance of Vaughan Williams’ evergreen Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Són followers will remember our “passionate, powerful and inspiring” performance of the Vivaldi/Piazzolla “8 Seasons” built around the same theme, and which opened our season in October. Daniel Rowland, one of Europe’s leading violinists, was the Soloist/Director and we were thrilled to be given a standing ovation at the end of the evening!”
Tickets for 18th March Romsey Abbey here
On the 19th March, Robin and the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra join forces with “Blazing Talent” (The Times) clarinettist Timothy Orpen to present their Celebration of Spring:
Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel
Weber Clarinet Concerto No 2 in Eb Timothy Orpen (clarinet)
Debussy Images (complete): Gigues – Iberia – Rondes de Printemps
Tickets for 19th March University of Hertfordshire here
Robin goes on to say:
“The Turner Sims concert couldn’t be more different; 28th April at 7.30pm will be an immersion in minimalism, exploring major works by modern master Max Richter, including his Four Seasons Recomposed alongside other famous string items, in which we are excited to be working with violinist Thomas Gould. Thomas has fast established for himself a reputation as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music whilst also remaining dedicated to the core classical repertoire.”
Tickets for 28th April at 7.30pm at Turner Sims here
Image by Chris Christodoulou