WHAT A CONCERT! 100 years to the day since its first performance, we played Holst’s The Planets to a sellout audience of close to 1,000 in Ely Cathedral, Saturday September 29th 2018
One hundred years to the day after its first performance, Gustav Holst’s magnificent Planets Suite rang out in Ely Cathedral, on Saturday 29th September 2018, when Ely Sinfonia took to the stage under the baton of its conductor Steve Bingham. Right from the moment of its world première, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult in the Queen’s Hall, London, The Planets has been Holst’s most popular, influential, widely performed and frequently recorded of all his works, with Jupiter and Mars among some of the most recognised of all English music.
Also on the programme was Holst’s first major orchestral work, his Cotswolds Symphony, described by Classic fM’s Anne-Marie Minhall as “a superb joyful piece with hints of greatness to come.”
The concert started, fittingly, with the world première of a piece by a modern, local composer. Phil Toms’ Great War Overture painted a picture of life in the trenches that will echo down the past hundred years: fitting tribute in the wonderful surroundings of Ely Cathedral.
The orchestra was humbled by the scale of the occasion and audience – a huge thank you to all those who supported us on the night, and we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did.
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