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We are very excited to announce that our President Martyn Brabbins returns to conduct us on what will be our 60th Birthday concert. Martyn has had a long standing association with Salomon Orchestra not least marked by a series of 'marathon' concerts where we performed all the symphonic works of a particular composer in a single day. With achievements too numerous to mention here we have a special page dedicated to Martyn on our website which you can view at 'Our President'.
We met young conductor Michal Oren when Salomon Orchestra was asked to perform with the student conductors on Martyn Brabbins' conducting course at the Royal College of Music. We are delighted to be able to give an opportunity to young talent such as Michal and look forward to working with her again. Read more about Michal Oren here.
Martyn Brabbins - A Birthday Greeting (2023)
Composed especially for Salomon Orchestra's 60th Birthday Concert. This performance will be a world premiere.
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) - Pictures at an exhibition (1874) (arr. M. Ravel 1922)
Pictures at an Exhibition was originally a piano suite in ten movements, plus a recurring and varied Promenade theme, written in 1874 by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky. It is a musical depiction of a tour of an exhibition of works by architect and painter Viktor Hartmann put on at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, following his sudden death in the previous year. Each movement of the suite is based on an individual work, some of which are lost.
The composition has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists, and became widely known from orchestrations and arrangements produced by other composers and contemporary musicians, with Maurice Ravel's 1922 adaptation for orchestra being the most recorded and performed. The suite, particularly the final movement, "The Bogatyr Gates", is widely considered one of Mussorgsky's greatest works.
Sir Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934) - Symphony No.1 (1908)
Elgar's Symphony No. 1 in A♭ major, Op. 55 is one of his two completed symphonies. The first performance was given by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter in Manchester, England, on 3 December 1908. It was widely known that Elgar had been planning a symphony for more than ten years, and the announcement that he had finally completed it aroused enormous interest. The critical reception was enthusiastic, and the public response unprecedented. The symphony achieved what The Musical Times described as "immediate and phenomenal success", with a hundred performances in Britain, continental Europe and America within just over a year of its première.
The symphony is regularly programmed by British orchestras, and features occasionally in concert programmes in North America and continental Europe. It is well represented on record, with recordings ranging from the composer's 1931 version with the London Symphony Orchestra to modern digital recordings, of which more than 40 have been issued since the mid-1980s.
The symphony is in four movements. 1. Andante. Noblimente e semplice - Allegro; 2. Allegro molto; 3. Adagio; 4. Lento - Allegro
*Tickets (£22, £20 concessions) will be available online or by phone 020 7222 1061 (booking fees £3 per transaction) when booking opens.
You can book in person at St John’s Smith Square (no booking fee).