Out of the Shadows

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

A South American Journey

The newly rejuvenated Bath Festival Orchestra is returning to London on 16 June 2022 with a programme that will transport the audience at Kings Place to South America
The newly rejuvenated Bath Festival Orchestra is returning to London on 16 June 2022 with a programme that will transport the audience at Kings Place to South America. Conducted by Peter Manning, the orchestra will be performing Villa Lobos' Guitar Concerto with soloist Ahmed Dickinson, Canciones Remotas by the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, Serenade for Strings by the Venezulan pianist and composer Maria Teresa Carreno (1853-1917) and Ginastera's Concerto for Strings.

Villa Lobos' concerto was written in 1951, commissioned by the Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia, who gave the world premiere in 1956. The work went through a few changes, originally written as a Fantasia concertante, with no cadenza, Villa Lobos later added a cadenza and changed the name to concerto. Maria Teresa Carreno was a Venezuelan born pianist and composer who trained in the USA and Paris. Edward MacDowell was one of her pupils for a time and both he and Amy Beach dedicated works to Carreno. 

Before the concert proper, there is a chance for young performers to shine. Members of Bath Festival Orchestra have been working with students from East London's Bobby Moore Academy for outreach activities, working to create the first orchestra in the school's history as well as giving a joint monthly lunchtime concert series at St Mary Le Strand Church. On 16 June, the school students will perform Villa Lobos' Bachianas Brasilias No. 2 ‘The Little Train of the Caipira’ arranged by Bobby Moore Academy’s Musician-in-Residence, Harry Baker.

Full details from the orchestra's website.

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