Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra
Callum Smart violin
Paul Mann conductor
Stephen Threlfall conductor

Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra 18’
Britten Violin Concerto 32’
Shostakovich Symphony No 5 Op.47 44’

Chetham’s, in Manchester, is one of the world’s finest specialist music schools—and so it may easily lay claim to having the best school orchestra in the world. In this concert, they bring together two composers who, for the final decade and a half of their lives at least, became great friends and musical confederates.

Years before they did meet, in 1959, they wrote these three very different pieces—two of which at least, Shostakovich’s 5th symphony from 1937 and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide from 1946, have become firm fixtures of the orchestral repertory. Britten’s Violin Concerto, premiered in New York in 1940, is performed here by the hugely-talented 16 year-old, Callum Smart—a Chetham’s student and winner of the strings category of BBC Young Musician in 2010.

The Clifford Taylor Young Artist Series


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