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Strauss                         Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare

Wagner                        Overture to ‘Rienzi’ 

Schumann                   Konzertstück for 4 Horns 

Mahler                          Symphony No. 1 in D Major (‘Titan’) 

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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.

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Grier                              WPO Fanfare

Trad. (arr. Grier)            The National Anthem

Finzi                              For St. Cecilia (Thomas Atkins, Tenor) 

Olsen                            The Line is Immaterial: A Worthing Oratorio

                                      (World Premiere: Commissioned by the WPO) 

Beethoven                     Symphony No. 9 (‘Choral’)


                                     Elizabeth Karani, Soprano

                                     Penelope Cousland, Mezzo-Soprano

                                     Thomas Atkins, Tenor

                                     Nicholas Mogg, Baritone 

                                     Aedan Kerney MBE, Chorus Master

                                     Worthing Choral Society | The Boundstone Chorus

                                     Sompting Village Primary School Choir

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Beethoven        Fidelio Overture

Schubert           Andante in B minor D.936a 

Haydn               Trumpet Concerto    (Erika Curbelo, Trumpet)

Mozart               Overture to ‘Idomeneo’

Schubert           Symphony No. 9 in C Major (‘Great’) 

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Our annual celebration of Christmas, alongside the Worthing Choral Society and Sompting Village Primary School Choir.  The programme includes plenty of audience carols and festive favourites!

Trad.                                      Hark! The Herald Angels sing 

Hely-Hutchinson                   A Carol Symphony

Trad.                                      O, Little Town of Bethlehem

Holst                                      Christmas Day

Trad.                                      Jingle Bells

Handel                                  Three choruses from Messiah

Trad.                                     Good King Wenceslas 

Prokofiev                              Troika

Tchaikovsky                          “White Swan” Pas de Deux from Swan Lake (Rita French, Violin)

Lane                                      The Night Before Christmas

Lawson                                 Bring Back Christmas Cheer

Trad.                                     O come, all ye faithful

Anderson                             Sleigh Ride

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Wagner             Prelude to Act III of ‘Lohengrin’

Hindemith         Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes of Weber 

Tchaikovsky      Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor (with WPO President, Alissa Firsova)

Saint-Saëns       Symphony No. 3 in C minor (Organ Symphony)

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WPO Last Night of the Proms 2018

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Our traditional 'Rule Britannia!' concert, presenting a varied programme including all of your Last Night of the Proms favourites!  This season we also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

We are delighted to be joined, once again, by The Boundstone Chorus.

Elgar                             Imperial March

Parry                             I was Glad

Arnold                          Scottish Dances

Grainger                       Irish Tune from County Derry

Butterworth                 A Shropshire Lad

Finzi                             Let us Now Praise Famous Men

Coates                          Calling all Workers

Walton                          Orb and Sceptre 

Vaughan Williams         English Folk Song Suite No. 1

Elgar                             Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1                            

Wood                            ‘Hornpipe’ from Fantasia on British Sea Songs

Arne                               Rule Britannia

Parry (arr. Elgar)           Jerusalem


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