The Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra will honor the heroes of the NHS at a concert at Saffron Hall later this month.
The performance on Saturday November 27 will feature pianist and Bishop’s Stortford College alumnus Stephen Smithers, who will join the orchestra to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Stephen has performed extensively locally and in the Nottingham area while studying at university there. .
The piece established Rachmaninoff as a composer of concertos and has been used in numerous films, including David Lean’s Brief Encounter (1945) and Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter (2010). It continues to be one of her most endearing and popular pieces.
The concert, which raises funds for the Princess Alexandra Hospital charity, will begin with Der Trommler, a new commission and world premiere composed by Jacob Bride.
This is a dramatic opening inspired by the enormous bronze sculpture of a drummer by Michael Sandle, cast in 1987 and on display at the Tate in London.
Philip Glass’s fascinating Heroes Symphony brings the concert to a close. His six movements are symphonic covers of themes from David Bowie’s 1977 album “Heroes”, which he recorded in collaboration with former Roxy Music member Brian Eno.
The concert on Saturday, November 27 at Saffron Walden Hall, Audley End Road, starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at £ 17 and £ 20 for adults and £ 5 for those under 25, can be purchased online at www.saffronhall.com or by calling the Saffron Hall ticket office on 0845 548 7650.