Glasgow Chamber Orchestra

The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra is a charity registered in Scotland No SC022256

The Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music Scotland - Supporting & Championing Voluntary Music

Future Concerts in the 2018-19 season

Winter Concert


Saturday 1 December 2018                                Sherbrooke Mosspark church @ 7.30pm

Conductor : Peter Cynfryn Jones

Leader - Hazel McDonald

Spring Concert


Saturday 16 March 2019                                      Sherbrooke Mosspark church @ 7.30pm

Guest Conductor - Robert Baxter

West End Festival Summer Concert


Saturday 1 June 2019                                      Bute Hall, University of Glasgow @ 7.30pm

Conductor - Peter Cynfryn Jones

Antonin Dvorak

Czech Suite in D major, Opus 39

Carl Maria von Weber

Bassoon Concerto in F major, Opus 75

soloist - Graeme Brown

Domenico Cimarosa

Overture "The Secret Marriage"

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No 8 in F major, Opus 93

Programme

Beethoven

King Stephen overture Opus 117

Beethoven

Piano Concerto No 1 in C major, Opus 15

soloist - Liana Storey

Schubert

Symphony No 4 in C minor "Tragic", D 417

Programme

Borodin

Polovtsian Dances from "Prince Igor"

Tchaikovsky

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Opus 33

soloist - TBC

Rimsky-Korsakov

Scheherazade Opus 35

Programme

About our next Concert


Dvorak – Czech Suite

Dvorak was born the son of a butcher in a small village in Bohemia in 1841.  His musical career began as a viola player in the Prague National Theatre Orchestra, but he soon turned to composition, and here he was greatly helped by the likes of Brahms and Smetana, and by the operas of Wagner.  His Czech Suite, composed in 1879, combines these influences with the folk music of his homeland, and is scored for standard classical repertoire with double wind and brass, timpani and strings, except for the last movement into which he introduces a cor anglais.   The piece runs for just over 20 minutes and has five movements - Preludium, Polka, Sousedská (folk dance), Romance and Finale.  The Czech Suite is one of Dvorak’s most characterful works and is full of lyrical tunes and rich melodic variations.


Weber – Bassoon Concerto

The Weber bassoon concerto is perhaps the second most significant work in the bassoon’s limited concerto repertoire (the first being the Mozart concerto).  The Concerto was composed in 1811 for Munich court musician Georg Friedrich Brandt, and then revised in 1822. The concerto is one of two pieces written for bassoon by Weber, the other being “Andante e Rondo Ungarese”, Opus 35.  The concerto is scored for solo bassoon and a classical sized orchestra consisting of double wind and brass, timpani and strings.


Cimarosa – Overture, The Secret Marriage

This overture comes from a two act opera which has music by Cimarosa and libretto by Giovanni Bertati. The opera is based  on the play “The Clandestine Marriage” by George Colman the Elder and David Garrick. The work was first performed on 7 February 1792 at the Imperial Hofburg Theatre in Vienna in the presence of Emperor Leopold II.


Beethoven – Symphony No 8

This symphony was composed in 1812 and received its first performance on 27 February 1814, at a concert in the Redoutensaal, Vienna.  Beethoven referred to his eighth symphony as "my little Symphony in F," distinguishing it from his sixth symphony, which although in the same key takes almost twice as long to perform and has one extra movement.    The symphony is scored for double wind and brass, timpani, and strings and lasts just under 30 minutes.  It is unique among Beethoven’s symphonies in not having a ‘slow’ movement as such. Instead, the second movement is a nod to his friend Malzel, the inventor of the metronome, with a cheerful tune accompanied by a regular ‘tick-tock’ that runs throughout the movement. The work comprises four movements - Allegro vivace e con brio, Allegretto scherzando, Tempo di menuetto and Allegro vivace.


Graeme Brown (bassoon)

Graeme Brown, our Soloist, grew up in the distillery village of Windygates, Fife and is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

He became a busy freelance bassoonist with orchestras throughout the UK, Ireland and France at the age of 19 and in 2015 was appointed Bassoon Principal no.2 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to this role, Graeme continues to perform with other orchestras throughout the UK. Recent guest appearances include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra of The Royal Opera House and The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Graeme is also the double reed tutor at Dollar Academy.

Graeme now lives in Greenrigg, West Lothian with his fiancé Gareth and their two cats.

Tickets for our Winter Concert will shortly go on sale from our online booking site PriorBooking.com.


Ticket prices are as follows:   

              Adults -  £12                  Concessions/Students - £10                         Under 18s - £5


Tickets will also be available from members of the orchestra, or they can be purchased at the door of the Church on the evening of the concert.   Note: a small booking fee will apply if purchasing your tickets online.