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Sat, 22 Feb

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Basingstoke

FEBRUARY FIESTA

We are delighted to welcome our soloist for Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto. The amazing and versatile Jiaxin Lloyd Webber who has been principal cello of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and has performed concertos by Dvořák, Elgar and Lalo as well as Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.

FEBRUARY FIESTA
FEBRUARY FIESTA

Time & Location

22 Feb 2025, 19:30 – 21:45

Basingstoke, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR, UK

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Written for the 37th Anniversary of the Russian revolution, Shostakovich’s bubbling Festival Overture is full of uncomplicated merriment and is simply one big enjoyable party!   Summer Evening is one of Delius’ many serene, impressionistic tone poems. Full of seductive sonorities, there is more than a passing similarity to Debussy’s L’Apres-midi d’un Faune - a work which it predates by four years.

We are delighted to have as our soloist for Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto the brilliant and versatile Jiaxin Lloyd Webber who has been principal cello of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and has performed concertos by Dvořák, Elgar and Lalo as well as Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. She has performed and recorded on many occasions with husband Julian Lloyd Webber and their 2013 ‘Tale of Two Cellos’ recording became the UK’s number one classical album for many weeks. It remains Naxos’ best-selling album of all time!

Saint-Saëns innovation of having one continuous movement in which the three sections of the work are linked via a principal theme effectively displays the lyrical qualities of the ‘cello as well as exploring its virtuosic possibilities.

Stephen Scotchmer’s delightful Overure To Perth was inspired by his holiday in Australia in December 2023. Its lively orchestration perfectly captures the spirit and vitality of Perth and is an eclectic mix of Australian Sea Shanties and Aboriginal-inspired music.

Schumann’s ‘Rhenish’ Symphony was written in 1850 and pays homage to the River Rhine and the Rhineland region which Schumann came to regard as home. This musical picture of the region displays Schumann’s mastery of orchestration.

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