SUNDAY 30th JUNE 7.00 PM
Chelsea Old Town Hall
Kings Road, SW3 5EE
Handel, Water Music Suite (arr. Hamilton Harty)
Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf (Narrator: Philip Rham)
Dvorak, Serenade op.44 in D minor
Brahms, Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn op.56a
Welcome to our KPO Summer Concert and in that vein we offer brightness and sunshine, joy and light. Hamilton Harty was an Irish composer and conductor of the Halle Orchestra but he made his name as an arranger, in particular of Handel’s Water Music creating a lavish suite of six of the most well-known movements – you will be humming along and smiling.
More smiles of recognition will follow as we then perform Prokofiev’s classic “Peter and The Wolf”, a piece that is timeless and ageless. We all remember when we first heard that magical story with its unforgettable tunes so come and relive those moments and bring a new generation along. Our narrator will be Philip Rham, normally one of our cellists but who is, in real life, a professional actor and who was our reciter for Walton’s Facade. For this special event we are also having an Open Dress Rehearsal for the very young at 4.45pm on the day.
The joy of creating new sound worlds continues after the interval with Dvorak’s Serenade Op. 44 in D minor as our wind section regales us with Bohemian melody and zing – sherry-rich with added contrabassoon, double-bass and cello.
We end as we start in that one composer is the source of inspiration for another composer, namely Haydn and Brahms. Yes you’ve guessed it, Brahms’s Haydn Variations for full orchestra. although musicologists have now determined that the theme cannot be in all honesty attributed to Haydn, renaming them “St. Anthony Chorale’ Variations. Nonetheless this does not detract from Brahms’s mastery over the eight reworkings of the original theme and finale. You will be infected by the obvious fun and delight Brahms had in composing this work, as well as his impressive use of the whole orchestra, to the point of including a memorable triangle part!
So “Summer is a cumin in” and a humming in with the KPO, at Chelsea Old Town Hall at 7pm – you know you can’t afford not to let the sunshine in!
About the KPO
The Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1965, is one of London’s leading amateur orchestras. It provides opportunities for advanced players of all ages to perform works from the classical and modern repertoire, including pieces that are rarely heard in the concert hall.
We’re always keen to hear from potential new members. We currently have vacancies for all strings and brass players. Please get in touch if you would like to sit in on a trial rehearsal!