Before the Romance

Saturday 16th November 2019 @ 7:30pm

St Mary's Church, Hitchin

Despite Hitchin Chamber Orchestra’s primary interest in music from the classical repertoire – forays into the contemporary and jazz world notwithstanding – this is the first programme created by HCO that is exclusively dedicated to Classicism, as such. This period of exponential art-music development, spanning a mere three generations catapults an audience from the early formal classicism of CPE Bach, fifth child of the even more famous Johann Sebastian, via Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to the quasi-romanticism of Franz Schubert, whose musical genius pushed the constraints of the classical form to the absolute limit. Had he not been tragically short-lived, he’d undoubtedly have exerted an even greater influence on the ensuing period of tumultuous artistic experimentation and development that we call the Age of Romanticism.

For a programme motivated by such a specific remit, HCO will mutate for the evening from its usual ‘strings-plus’ format into full Classical Orchestra configuration, welcoming for the first time horn, bassoon and clarinet colleagues, alongside oboe and flute-playing friends who have appeared with HCO previously in its Baroque programmes. HCO is delighted to invite you to an evening of memorable musical entertainment.

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Previous Concerts

Saturday 13th July 2019 - A Festival of English Music

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
  • Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  • John Ireland Concertino Pastorale
  • Malcolm Arnold Flute Concerto No. 1 with soloist Emma Halnan
  • Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings
  • Gerald Finzi Preludein F minor

Saturday 23rd March 2019 - From Russia with Love

Town Hall, Brand Street, Hitchin
  • Tchaikovsky Waltz from Serenade for Strings
  • Tchaikovsky Adagio from Souvenir de Florence
  • Scriabin Adante
  • Kalinnikov Serenade
  • Shostakovich Romance from the Gadfly
  • Glazunov Saxophone Concerto
  • Rachmaninov Vocalise

Saturday 15th December 2018 - Family Christmas Concert

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin

A festive programme combining The Priory School's youthful voices with the luscious string sound of the HCO.

Saturday 10th November 2018 - Concertos by Candlelight

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
  • Bach Suite no. 2 BVW 1067 for Flute and Strings
  • Cimarosa Oboe Concerto in C minor
  • Vivaldi Concerto in B minor for Four Violins
  • Vivaldi Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos
  • Wilhelmine Von Bayreuth Harpsichord Concerto in G minor

Saturday 23rd June 2018 - Summer Jazz Concert

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
  • Quincy Jones Soul Bossa Nova and Quintessence
  • Amy Winehouse Back to Black
  • Sade/Ray St John Smooth Operator
  • Gershwin/DuBose Heyward Summertime
  • Zequinha de Abreu Tico Tico
  • Nacio Herb Brown Temptation

17th March 2018 - Spring Concert

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
  • Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.8
  • Telemann Horn Concerto in D TWV 51:D8
  • Dvorak Waltzes Op.54 (Nos.1 & 4)
  • Walton Two Pieces for Strings from Henry 5th Suite: Passacaglia - Death of Falstaff; Touch Her Soft Lips and Part
  • Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Soloists: Ben Goldscheider (Horn) and Andrew Sutherland (Tenor)

4th November 2017

Town Hall, Hitchin
  • Elgar Introduction and Allegro
  • Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings (two movements)
  • Dag Wiren Serenade for Strings
  • Finzi Romance for String Orchestra

8th July 2017 Afternoon Concert - Music for Strings and Harp

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
  • Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No.5
  • Vaughan Williams Dives and Lazarus
  • Holst St Pauls Suite
  • Debussy Danses Sacrée and Profane
  • Leroy Anderson Fiddle Faddle
  • Giovanni Dettori Lady Gaga Fugue

8th July 2017 Evening Concert - Bach by Candlelight

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
  • J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1058
  • J.S. Bach Cantata for Soprano, Oboe, Strings and Continuo, BWV 84
  • J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048
  • J.S. Bach Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043

25th March 2017

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
  • Britten Simple Symphony Op.4
  • W. A. Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik
  • Badelt Arr. Ricketts Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Karl Jenkins Palladio (1st movement)
  • Paul Lewis Rosa Mundi
  • Piazzolla Arr. Kazik Libertango
  • Kuchler Concertino in D Op.15
  • Trad. Arr. Julie Lyonn Liebermann Celtic Butterfly
  • Strauss Pizzicato Polka

12th November 2016

Town Hall, Hitchin
  • Popper Requiem for Three Cellos
  • John Williams Theme from Schindler's List
  • Vaughan Williams Charterhouse Suite
  • John Rutter Suite for Strings
  • Purcell Chacony

9th July 2016

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
  • Sibelius Andante Festivo
  • Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani
  • Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 7
  • Bartok Romanian Dances

5th March 2016

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
  • Corelli Christmas Concerto
  • J.S.Bach Brandenberg Concerto No.4
  • Ireland Minuet from the Downland Suite
  • Suk Serenade for Strings
  • Jeffes Perpetuum Mobile (Penguin Cafe)

7th November 2015

St. Mary's Church, Hitchin
  • Grieg Elegiac Melodies
  • Vivaldi Autumn from the Four Seasons
  • Boyce Symphony No.4 in F
  • Warlock Capriol Suite
  • Elgar Serenade for Strings
  • Grainger Molly On The Shore

12th July 2015

Tilehouse Baptist Church, Hitchin
  • Grieg Holberg Suite
  • Vaughan-Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
  • Boyce Symphony No.1 in Bb
  • Mozart Divertimento in F
  • Corelli Concerto Grosso No.4 in D
  • Vivaldi Concerto for four violins and cello in B minor (Op.3 No.10)

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