BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martyn Brabbins conductor

Delius On hearing the first cuckoo in Spring (7’)
Sir Malcolm Arnold Concerto for 2 violins and Strings Op. 77 (17’)
Finzi Prelude for String Orchestra and F minor Op. 25 (5.30’)
Short pause (5-10’)
John Pickard Concertante Variations for Wind Quintet, Timpani & Strings (13’)
Walton Siesta (6’)
Elgar Serenade for Strings (11’)

Total: 70’

Martyn Brabbins takes the helm of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a programme of favourite music conjuring up a beautiful spring day in the English countryside. Delius’ On hearing the first cuckoo in Spring immediately sets the scene. In his centenary year we hear Malcolm Arnold’s tuneful Concerto for two violins, and the light-hearted Concertante Variations by John Pickard. Time for a pleasant nap courtesy of Walton’s Siesta and a final stroll around Elgar’s rolling hills in his Serenade for Strings.

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In memory of Gina Wilson. Kindly Supported by The Chairman’s Friends.


Town Hall, Classic FM Stage

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


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