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Sinfonia of Leeds

 "The region's finest non-professional orchestra...

one of the most remarkable in the country".

YORKSHIRE POST

 

Musical Director

David Greed

Associate Musical Director

Anthony Kraus

Welcome 

 

Anthony and I welcome you to the 2018/19 concert season. It is the year of the ‘double concerto’ and orchestral masterpieces.

 

We start the season with Bach’s D minor concerto for keyboard and strings, realised on 2 marimbas in a highly unusual interpretation performed by two outstanding students from the Amsterdam Conservatoire.  Arvo Pärt’s ‘Tabula Rasa’ is an extraordinary work for two violins, strings and ‘prepared piano’. 

 

Rakhi Singh will play alongside Nick Trygstad (cello section leader of the Hallé) in the most ‘epic’ of double concertos, that of Brahms.  Mary Plazas makes a very welcome return to sing a song-cycle by Benjamin Britten, songs with  a pacifist slant. 

 

Our symphonic treats for you include Shostakovich’s 8th Symphony, one of his most tragic and dramatic works, and Vaughan Williams’s Sinfonia Antartica, a work that emerged from the film score to the 1947 movie ‘Scott of the Antarctic’.  Other orchestral compositions include works Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Brahms and Elgar. 

 Finally, I would like to pay a huge tribute to Patricia, Dowager Countess of Harewood who passed away in May 2018. She was the orchestra’s Honorary President for many years and offered great support to Sinfonia.

 

David Greed 

Music Director 

 

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