Over the weekend Robin had the immense pleasure of conducting the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra in two performances. He was joined by Assistant Conductor Joe Beckhelling, who opened each evening with the Overture to Hansel & Gretel by Humperdinck. Robin followed with a programme that included Bruch’s first Violin Concerto and Mahler’s 6th Symphony.
As Musical Director of the orchestra, Robin is no stranger to the ensemble, however this programme also gave him the opportunity to work with violin soloist, Benjamin Baker. Benjamin is originally from New Zealand, and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2013. It was his first time performing with SUSO and Robin, and he gave a superb performance of the Bruch.
These two concerts also enabled Robin to introduce many of the students to Mahler for the first time. Robin is passionate about Mahler’s work and it therefore brought him great joy to share this music, both with the audiences and with the musicians themselves. Below is a brief moment of the live performance. He has even written a blog post about the “marmite-esque” quality of Mahler’s music. Click here if you’re intrigued…or, indeed, want to join the conversation about Mahler!
It’s onwards and upwards for the conductor with three concerts in the next week, one of which includes Mahler’s 5th Symphony!