Opening with works by Jean Féry Rebel and Saint-Saens, this concert explores the theme of 'regeneration'. Samantha Fernando's work Lost Things is inspired by complex emotions within relationships, before closing the concert with with Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring; the balletic portrayal of a spring celebration of the American pioneers of the 19th century, after building a new Pennsylvania farmhouse.
The opening concert in the Academy of St Martin in the Fields re:connect series honours those who have suffered and lost their lives to COVID-19, and is given in memory of Martin Loveday, a former cellist with the Academy who died from Coronavirus in April 2020. Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten opens, followed by Fauré’s beautiful Requiem with Carolyn Sampson, Roderick Williams and St Martin's Voices. There will be two socially-distanced performances at 5.00pm and 7.30pm.
The penultimate concert in the re:connect series explores the theme of ‘awakening’. Alongside works by Sibelius and Nielsen, the performance features Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. Written as a birthday gift for his wife Cosima, she woke on Christmas morning 1869 to it being performed on the stairs of their home. The concert closes with Mozart’s Symphony No 34, the last symphony written in Salzburg before ‘awakening’ his independent career in Vienna and beyond.
The programme opens with solos for cello, clarinet and horn by Bach, Messiaen and MacMillan, before the orchestra comes together to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 4 and Copland’s Quiet City, culminating in Mozart’s exhilarating Symphony No 29. The concert will be streamed online from 7.30pm on Thursday 1 October and will be available for 30 days from the initial broadcast.
We are delighted to announce the speakers for our Annual Autumn Lecture Series.