Kingston Chamber Orchestra

Kingston Chamber Orchestra November 23rd

Saturday November 23rd at 7.30pm

Conductor: Andy Meyers
Violin: Clare Howick

All Saints Church – Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6AB

Beethoven Suite from ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’
Patterson Violin Concerto No.2 (‘Serenade’)
Ravel Ma Mère l’Oye (Complete Ballet)

Tickets: Adults £15 on the door or £13 Online (under 18s Free)
Ticket includes a programme and a glass of wine

Contemporary violin concerto with local connection

The next Kingston Chamber Orchestra concert will feature Clare Howick in Patterson’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (Serenade). This work was written for Clare as a commission by the Kingston Philharmonia with funds bequeathed by Sylvia Green who had been a member of both the KPO and the Kingston Chamber Orchestra.

Her recording of the concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was nominated for ‘Recording of the Year 2018’ by MusicWeb International. The work is melodic, as well as light and playful in its conversational episodes between the soloist and orchestra.

Described by The Strad as “playing with beguiling warmth and affection” and by American Record Guide as “simply spectacular”, Clare Howick’s CD recordings for Naxos and Dutton have received awards including ‘Editor’s Choice’ in both Gramophone and Classical Music magazines, ‘Recording of the Month’ on Music Web International and ‘Recommended Recording’ on BBC Radio 3 Record Review. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Philharmonia and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, and in Europe, the US, Canada and New Zealand.

The concert will commence with the Overture and a selection of movements from Beethoven’s ballet score ‘The creatures of Prometheus’. These charming and rarely heard movements show Beethoven in a lighter vein and the finale is somewhat surprising as its main theme is identical to the finale of his Eroica symphony. For the second half of the concert, the orchestra will perform Ravel’s highly colourful music Ma Mère l’Oye. (Mother goose) This music is frequently performed in the concert hall as a four movement suite but unusually the Kingston Chamber Orchestra will be giving the full length ballet version which contains additional movements and linking passages so that the piece runs without a break.