The Ripon Orchestra launches in 2022 with Glorious Strings

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The concert features the orchestra’s string section in Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Serenade for Strings as well as two shorter works: Sibelius’ Romance in C and Webern’s Langsamer Satz.

“The Serenade was written around the time Tchaikovsky was working on his 1812 Overture, but the works couldn’t be more different in style,” spokeswoman Helen Dawson said.

“In a letter to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, he wrote that ‘the Overture will be very loud, loud, but I wrote it without any feeling of warm love and therefore it will probably have no artistic value. The Serenade, on the contrary, I wrote by inner compulsion. It is a piece that comes from the heart and therefore, I dare say, it does not lack artistic value.

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“It is heralded by Classic FM as one of the finest works he ever wrote and one of the definitive compositions of the late Romantic era and is particularly revered for the second movement, a graceful waltz.”

Rounding out the program, clarinetist Tom Verity will join the strings in a rendition of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto.

The concerto, composed in 1949 in response to a commission from the Three Choir Festival, is one of Finzi’s best known and most performed works and shows the composer’s particular empathy for the clarinet as a solo instrument.

Tom is currently principal clarinet of Welsh National Opera and has performed as guest soloist with numerous orchestras including the Philharmonia and Hallé.

His chamber music highlights include work with Stephen Hough and with the Heath Quartet, and (on a completely different note) he plays with Klezmer-ish, a classical/world music fusion quartet, whose Music of the Travelers and Dusty Road have been described as “a cheerful combination of playfulness and precision” by The Times.

Tickets cost £15 for adults and free for those under 18. Available online (www.st-cecilia.org.uk), from Little Ripon Bookshop and Henry Roberts, or book by phone on 01423 531062.

Under current guidelines, members of the public must wear face coverings and seats will be socially distanced. There will be a short interval, but unfortunately no refreshes to minimize mix-ups.

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