2 - Gala Concert - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

2 - Gala Concert - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

14 July 2017 5:30 pm

Riding School, Hovingham Hall

2 - Gala Concert - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Gala Concert

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sally Beamish (narrator)

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto no. 2
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto no. 3
Sally Beamish – Spinal Chords
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto no. 4
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 

The six concertos that Bach composed for the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721 have captivated and delighted audiences ever since. This is Bach at his most ebullient, contrasting colours and textures with delight and aplomb, and pushing both his players and their instruments to the limit. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are among the leading exponents of Bach’s exuberant virtuosity, but also offer something very different to set against it – a thought-provoking and moving piece Sally Beamish composed in response to Melanie Reid’s widely-admired column in The Times about her life after a riding accident left her paralysed.

Reid pulls no punches. Her new text speaks of black despair, the tomb-like silence of the tetraplegic ward, where no limbs ever move, the grief of being bereaved from one’s body. Beamish weaves around the text a delicate fabric of simple sounds reaching patiently out to each other, joining up in chords, sending forth little tendrils of melody… yet from the beginning one feels a potential for radiance. So when Reid’s text moves towards hope, the music has prepared us for it... the piece communicated something profound about the power of human endurance’ The Daily Telegraph

Concert-goers are invited to picnic in the grounds of Hovingham Hall before and after the concert.  Grounds Open 4:00 pm. Bar opens 4:30pm. Grounds to be cleared by 8:30pm.

Or a post-concert supper is available at the Worsley Arms - please call 01653 628234 for more information.

Pre-concert and interval drinks.

Prices   Full - £30.00    Gold - £24.00    Silver - £27.00    Under 25s - £15.00