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European Union Chamber Orchestra with Hans-Peter Hofmann and Catrin Finch

Tuesday April 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
£35 - £10; concessions for multibuy packages, groups, Go card holders and families
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  1. Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No 3 - Ottorino Respighi
  2. Concerto for flute, harp and orchestra in C K 299 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  3. Danse sacrée et danse profane, for harp and strings L 103 - Claude Debussy
  4. Symphony No 5 in B flat D 485 - Franz Schubert

Acclaimed Welsh harpist, Catrin Finch, joins rising star flautist, Fiona Slominska, and a superb band of young Europeans for this colourful concert. Formerly the Royal Harpist to H.R.H, the Prince of Wales, Catrin’s a charismatic champion of the harp, taking it into unusual places, including an award-winning collaboration with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita. This concert finds her on more familiar terrain with Mozart’s double concerto, composed in 1778 for the flute-playing Duke of Guines and his harpist daughter. Despite his dislike for both solo instruments Mozart duly delivered the commission and it’s since become hugely popular, its artful dialogue showing Mozart at his most charming and lyrical. Debussy's exotic test piece for the short-lived chromatic harp provides an entrancing encore.

Two contrasting orchestral perennials complete the programme. Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances was his affectionate homage to Italian and French Renaissance and Baroque music and is a fine example of his sensuous instrumental colours, even when rendered on a smaller scale than his famous symphonic poems. Schubert’s upbeat Fifth Symphony also displays the hand of a musician who knew the orchestra inside out, its apparent ease and simplicity belying its purposeful underlying design.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Catrin Finch in conversation.

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