Strauss Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare
Wagner Overture to ‘Rienzi’
Schumann Konzertstück for 4 Horns
Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major (‘Titan’)
The WPO is a very large community symphony orchestra celebrating 70 years of live music making and in grand style it will be showing off its fabulous wind section in this Summer Concert. The opening item is the rarely heard Wiener Philharmonic Fanfare which is scored for 8 horns, 6 trumpets, 6 trombones, 2 tubas and 2 timpani. The sound will fill the large Assembly hall! It will be followed by the Wagner Overture to ‘Rienzi’. The overture is taken from his third completed opera and based on Lytton’s novel Rienzi.
The solo item is the rarely heard Schumann Konzertstück (concert piece) for four solo horns. Members of the horn section of the WPO will perform two of the solo parts and will be joined by two outstanding young local players Brendan Connellan and Zac Hayward. Brendan is studying horn at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and is co-principal horn in the National Youth Orchestra. He is currently in year 11 at St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill. Zac is making a return visit to perform with the WPO and is an ex Lancing College pupil now in his second year at the Guildhall School of Music. Schumann loved and understood the horn well and in 1849 composed this spectacular work for two old non-valved horns and two of the then new valved ones. It is now always played on modern valved instruments. The talented WPO horn section is directed by Peter Lewis who will be joined by another WPO member soloist and past pupil of his, John Peskett. Peter has played with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the SABC Symphony Orchestra based in Johannesburg. On his return to the UK in 1977 he entered the teaching profession and was Director of Music at Lancing College until his retirement in 2004. He is also deputy conductor of the WPO.
Following the interval, the full strength of the WPO will be used to perform Mahler Symphony no 1 ,‘Titan’, which was written between 1887 and 1888 in Leipzig and incorporates some music Mahler had composed for previous works. It was initially completed while he was a conductor of the Leipzig Opera and titled a ‘symphonic Poem’. Following major revisions in the years after 1893 it was republished as a full four movement symphony. It is scored for large orchestra with 4 flutes, 4 oboes, 4 clarinets, 3 bassoons, 7 horns, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 6 timpani and a large string section. The opportunity to hear this large orchestra should not be missed.