LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO: From Russia with Love, Ely Cathedral, Saturday 28th April 2018
We couldn’t resist putting together this programme which, drawn from the rich musical culture of Russia, includes some of the most exciting works ever written. Among them are three of our favourite pieces: Khachaturian’s Spartacus and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, both composed for the Russian ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s Little Russian Symphony.
Tchaikovsky used three Ukrainian folk tunes as the themes for his Symphony no 2. Ukraine was at the time known as Little Russia, so the symphony, which was an immediate success, rapidly became known as Little Russian.
Spartacus was made famous as the theme tune to The Onedin Line, but it was originally composed as a political ballet in which ordinary people rise up and overthrow their oppressors.
Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has a rightful claim to be the world’s greatest ballet. Not only does it contain much of the composer’s finest and most appealing music, but it is also considered one of the most exceptional musical interpretations of Shakespeare.
Bach concerts in Witcham
Ely Sinfonia viola player Yvonne is helping to organize two concerts being given by professional violin player Benedict Cruft. All proceeds will go to the church fund in Witcham, and the concerts will feature all six of Bach’s unaccompanied violin sonatas and partitas – given over two dates (Friday 8th June and Sunday 10th June). For more details, click here.
New Ely Sinfonia Cards for sale!
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Another triumph for Ely Sinfonia as Craig Ogden takes Ely Cathedral by storm
Ely Cathedral had a full house on 30th September 2017, when Craig Ogden joined Ely Sinfonia to play what is arguably the most famous guitar concerto of all time, Rodrigo’s Concierto d’Aranjuez. In a performance that combined deep emotion with the joy and flamboyancy of the flamenco, he captivated audience and orchestra alike, moving some virtually to tears.
The concert began with the orchestra setting the Spanish scene with a stirring performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol. Then, after the interval, the audience was treated to a moving and expressive performance of Beethoven’s virtuoso Symphony no.2, and the concert finished on a real high, with the audience rocking to a frenzied and highly exciting rendition of Arturo Márquez’s Danzon no.2,. Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, watch out! .
Orchestra Membership and Donations
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Ely Sinfonia’s next workshop, which will be open to anyone who has reached grade V or above, will be on Sunday 7th January 2018. For a copy of the application form, please click here.
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Friends of Ely Sinfonia
January 2018 Newsletter: the latest version of the Friends of Ely Sinfonia newsletter has been published, and can be found here.
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We look forward to seeing you at our concerts and workshops.