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BBC Prom Picks

I was going to pick one prom a week that looked particularly exciting, but the programme for the next seven days is so brilliant that it is hard to know where to start, so I’ve gone for three. Follow the links – all can be heard live on the internet or radio and some are on the television too.

Sunday 14th July, 7.30

A programme of ballet music ending with Stravinsky’s revolutionary Rite of Spring played on instruments that would have been used at the time. Listen for the Bassoon straining in its top register at the beginning! The first half is four ballet excerpts from the Baroque to the late nineteenth century


Tuesday 16th July, 7.00

An old but brilliant warhorse – Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto alongside a new piece by David Matthew’s and the energetic ‘Inextinguishable’ fourth symphony by Nielsen (an early C20 Danish composer of whom I am particularly fond)


Friday 19th July, 10.00

This is an excerpt from Stockhausen’s opera Wednesday from the cycle Licht. The ‘World Parliament’ performed by Birmingham’s Ex Cathedra was the absolute highlight of a performance of this work in Birmingham last  summer. It is totally bonkers but fascinating and there are some gorgeous moment. The rest of the opera (not being done tonight) also involves helicopters and camels …


A2 Summer Homework


Complete the Schumann Summer Homework including answering the essay question on the second page.


Find three pieces that you can listen to with score (use IMSLP) and complete the Worksheet attached.

Both pieces of work are due in on the first lesson back in September.

Last week of term

What is happening this week (some changes to normal timetabled lessons).


TASTER day for year 10 students 9.55-12.00. Any help still gratefully received …

G group – anthology ( 1.15)


F group – anthology (10:00)

G group – final composition lesson with sharing of work over cake (11:30)


CHOIR at 10:00 in the lecture theatre

F group – anthology for both lessons (13.50-14:40)


F group  – final composition lesson with sharing of work over cake (8:45)

Lunchtime concert at 1:00 in the Hall (sing through of choir pieces plus some student items – room for a couple more if anyone is
offering. Do bring your friends if you wish …)

Concert trips 2013-14

We have managed to get tickets for the following concerts for the bargain price of £4.50. All the programmes are really exciting with a mixture of familiar favourites, epic masterpieces and less well known little gems.  You can download the forms from the Explorations in Music Moodle or collect them from the music office. I will keep some tickets back for September so that new Year 12s can take advantage of the offer, so you will need to get in quick.

Thursday 19th Sept. Andris   Nelsons conductor    Kristine Opolais soprano
Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder 
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Thursday 3rd Oct. Nikolaj Znaider conductor   Ingrid Fliter piano
Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Thursday 5th December  Andris   Nelsons conductor   Isabelle Faust violin
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Britten: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Wed. 26th Feb. Karl-Heinz   Steffens conductor   Renaud Capuçon violin
Mozart: Gran Partita (13 Winds)
Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three   Movements
Thursday 8th May Andrés   Orozco-Estrada conductor   Simone Lamsma violin
Ravel: Alborada del gracioso
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
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