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Upcoming events featuring John Gibbons

Sunday 4 February 2.45pm - Worthing Symphony Orchestra

feat. Jeneba Kanneh-Mason

  • Assembly Hall, Worthing

Dvorak: Czech Suite

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major

Dina Appeldoorn: Pastorale

Mendelssohn: Italian symphony

We are delighted to welcome back Jeneba Kanneh-Mason to play arguably Mozart most popular Piano Concerto, No. 23 in A major with its intensely beautiful F# minor slow movement and outer movements that glow with a sense of contentment and seemingly endless lyricism.
Dvorak’s sunny Czech Suite perfectly incorporates exuberant folk melodies alongside the bucolic sounds of the countryside to produce wonderful foot-tapping dances including a polka, a sousedská and a Furiant.

Dina Appeldorm was a romantic Dutch composer who worked as a piano teacher, accompanist and teacher. She composed works across many genres especially songs. Her Pastorale of 1934 is a evocative work for chamber orchestra. Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony is a brilliant evocation of the sights and sounds of Italy he experienced on a two year trip from 1830. The work glows with warmth and radiates joie de vivre, especially in the exuberantly whirling ‘saltarello’ finale.

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason is already captivating audiences with her

“maturity in performance and interpretation” as WSO witnessed in her 2022 performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Cocnerto. The third of the Kanneh-Mason clan to establish herself as a soloist, Jeneba recently made her BBC Proms debut with the Chineke! Orchestra, performing the Florence Price Concerto and was heralded by the press as “demonstrating musical insight, technical acuity, and an engaging performing persona”

Saturday 24th February 6pm - Ealing Symphony Orchestra

  • St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, Ealing W5

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm - Northampton symphony Orchestra

Feat. Joo Yeon Sir (violin)

  • Christchurch, Northampton

Berstein: Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 / soloist Joo Yeon Sir

Arnold Bax: Symphony No. 1


Sunday 3 March 2.45pm - Worthing Symphony Orchestra

feat. Kosmos Ensemble

  • 2.45pm Assembly Hall, Worthing

Parry: Lady Radnor’s Suite

Walton: Touch her soft lips (Henry V)

Igor Shamo: Accordion Concerto

Grace Williams: Sea Sketches

Errolyn Wallen: Triple Concerto

Astor Piazolla: Libertango

The mesmerising Kosmos Ensemble have re-defined the relationship between classical and world music gathering huge accolades from all over the world. Richard Morrison, chief music critic for The Times described them as possessing “telegraphic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship and impeccable musicianship. I defy you not to be mesmerised” They share a passion for improvisation, elements that thrive in Errolyn Wallen’s dazzling Triple Concerto composed for this unique group: violinist Harriet Mackenzie, violist ​Meg-Rosaleen Hamilton and accordion player Miloš Milivojević.

Milos stars as soloist in the Accordion Concerto by the Ukrainian composer Igor Shamo. Shamo was born in Kiev in 1925 and served as a medical orderly in WWII. A member of the Union of Soviet Composers from 1948 until his death in 1982, he is best remembered for his popular song that is the unofficial anthem of Kiev.

Grace Williams’s Sea Sketches reflect the coast around her birthplace, Barry Island in South Wales. Born in 1906, she won a scholarship to study at Cardiff University and was then accepted to study at the Royal College of Music in London. She was a gifted violinist and pianist, and studied composition with Ralph Vaughan Williams. Her most famous work is the Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes. “Sea Sketches” dates from 1944 and was composed in Hampstead. It clearly reflects the composer’s desire to return to her seaside birthplace – which she did in 1946 – and is dedicated to her parents “who had the good sense to set up home on the coast of Glamorgan.

Parry is most famous for composing the Coronation anthem “I was Glad, the song “Jerusalem” and the hymn tune ‘Repton’ to the words “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”. He became director of the Royal College of Music where he significantly raised teaching standards. In the autumn of 1918 he contracted Spanish Flu and died at Knightscroft, Rustington on 7th October 1918. He is buried in St Paul’s Cathedral.

The “Lady Radnor Suite” was composed for the pioneering conductor, Lady Radnor, and her string orchestra.


Saturday 9 March 7.30pm - St Albans Chamber Choir

  • Lady Chapel – St Albans Abbey

Stanford: Magnificat for Double Choir In Bb major

Frank Martin: Mass for double choir

John Gibbons: “In Memoriam – Why?” (text: Emily Dickinson)

George Lloyd: Psalm 130 “Out of the Depths”

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending - Jenny Wigram (violin)


Sunday 21 April 2.45pm - Worthing Symphony Orchestra

feat. The Dave Lee Quartet

  • Assembly Hall, Worthing

Mozart: Overture “The Magic Flute”

Warlock: Capriol Suite

Schumann: Komzertstuck for 4 horns

Roussel: Sinfonietta, Op. 52

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Perhaps the most famous opening in all music – four imposing notes that demand attention as we are plunged into Beethoven’s great musical journey from from darkness to light. The blazing glory of the concluding movement made all the more exciting by the first appearance of trombones and a piccolo in a symphony. Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute”, is also a journey from darkness to light wrapped within a fantastical fairytale. The brilliant overture contrasts the solemn music associated in the opera with the priesthood led by Sarastro, with the flighty and energetic music associated with his nemesis the Queen of the Night.

Schumann’s Konzertstuck is a ‘tour de force’ showing off the amazing potential of the new valve-horns and exploring its entire, multi-faceted character: from military fanfares to suave cantabile writing befitting possibly the most romantic of all instruments. The finale is full of jubilant virtuosity for soloists and orchestra combined. This is truly a work that demands to be heard live in concert.

Peter Warlock is the pseudonym of the music critic Philip Heseltine. A pioneer of the re-evaluation of early music, his Capriol Suite is based on French Renaissance Dances found in Thoinot Arbeau’s Orchésographie, a manual of Renaissance dances. The French theme continues in the short 1934 Sinfonietta for Strings by Albert Roussel, a naval officer and composer from Normandy. The neo-classical Sinfonietta dates from the same time as his Fourth Symphony and reflects the influence of Stravinsky’s great ballets on French composers.

Dave Lee has been principal horn with the Royal Opera House, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Michael Nyman Band. He leads the WSO horn section in Schumann’s ‘tour-de-force’ Konzertstuck.


Saturday 27th April 7.30pm - St Albans Chamber Choir

  • St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit lane, St Albans

J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor


Saturday 11th May 7.30pm - Northampton Symphony Orchestra

Elgar: Froissart Oveture Grieg: Piano Concerto Laura Rossi: Jailhouse Graffiti Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor


Saturday 18th May 7.30pm - Ealing Symphony Orchestra

Concert in memory of Keel Watson

  • St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, Ealing W5

Janacek: Sinfonietta Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs / Anna Gorbachyova (soprano) Scriabin: Symphony No. 3 ‘The Divien Poem’


Sunday 19 May 2.45pm - Worthing Symphony Orchestra

feat. Maria Marchant (piano)

  • 2.45pm Assembly Hall, Worthing

Glinka: Overture ‘Ruslan and Ludmila’ Scriabin: Reverie Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Melt into summer with the limpid tones of Chopin at his most intoxicating. Maria Marchant’s infectious performances of Gershwin last season were rapturously received so her performance of Chopin’s ever-popular 2nd Piano Concerto will be eagerly anticipated.

Glinka’s rousing Overture ‘Ruslan and Ludmila’ is a regular opener for WSO’s Schools Concerts and is justifiably one of the most popular overtures in the repertoire. The heady exoticism of Scriabin’s music is gaining more and more fans as people discover his unique blend of post-Chopin lyricism and sumptuous romantic harmony.

The season closes in majestic tones with Brahms’s life-affirming Symphony No. 1 – a work viewed in the nineteenth century as Beethoven’s 10th - a fitting epitaph for a work that again takes us from darkness to light and ends in a triumphant blaze of orchestral sound.


Saturday 1st June 7.45pm - International Festival Choral Concert

  • Cartmel Priory Ulverston

Vaughan Williams: The Garden of Proserpine

Gabriel Faure: Requiem


Saturday 8th June 7.30pm - St Albans Chamber Choir

Kids Concert


Saturday 29th June 7.30pm - Northampton Symphony Orchestra

Borodin: Overture ‘Prince Igor’

Amy Beach: Piano Concerto / Julian Chen (piano)

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7


Saturday 6th July - St Albans Chamber Choir


Saturday 13th July - Ealing Symphony Orchestra

  • St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, Ealing W5

Morfydd Owen: Nocturne for orchestra in D flat major

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade


Past concerts

Scriabin, Rachmaninov & Copland

  • Saturday, 27 November 2021 19:30  21:30 Google Calendar  ICS
  • St Barnabas Church - Pitshanger Lane - London, W5 1QG - United Kingdom (map)

SCRIABIN / David MATTHEWS Vers la flamme

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30
Dinara KLINTON, piano

COPLAND Symphony No.3

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