Worthing Symphony Orchestra delivers its first full season since lockdown


After a tentative return to live performance in the fall of 2021, WSO Music Director John Gibbons is delighted to announce a full slate of concerts for the 2022-23 season.

“The season is bold, bright and exciting with a mix of established favorites and new music to discover and enjoy.” John said.

The season opens Sunday, September 4 with another member of the inspirational Kanneh-Mason family – Jeneba – the fifth of seven siblings and the fourth family member to perform with WSO.

“Jeneba Kanneh-Mason plays Rach Maninoff’s ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 2, a work synonymous with David Lean’s classic 1945 film Brief Encounter, which magically combines romantic lyricism with pianistic virtuosity.

The October 2 concert will feature English horn player Olivia Fraser taking center stage for William Alwyn’s Autumn Legend – a startlingly beautiful movement for English horn and strings – in a program that includes Grieg’s Holbert Suite and Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss.

The November 13 Remembrance Sunday concert – Salute the Brave – welcomes young Welsh mezzo-soprano Eirlys Myfanwy Davies to sing Elgar’s Sea Pictures – five evocative songs depicting the power and magnitude of the sea.

Meanwhile, the New Year’s concert on Sunday January 8 includes all those traditional Viennese favorites – Skaters Waltz, Blue Danube, Radetsky March – plus a few surprises.

“The end of January sees the only evening concert of the season on Friday the 27th at 7.30pm. The WSO is delighted to welcome back Sussex pianist Maria Marchant, who is quickly becoming a favorite of Worthing audiences, to play two electrifying Gershwin classics – Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm in a program that also includes Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Malcolm Arnold’s magnificent Symphony No. 4.

“Beethoven & Brahms is the title of the February 26 concert which includes Beethoven’s Overture – The Ruin of Athens, and its powerful Symphony No. 8, as well as Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 played by Ian Fountain.

“On March 26, Celtic Connections see Scottish clarinetist Ian Scott perform Sussex composer Paul Lewis’ Concerto Tauranga in a concert which includes Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’ Palladio, Percy Grainger’s County Derry Irish Air and Variations on a Scottish theme by William Wordsworth (the 20th century English composer, not the 19th century poet).

“The final concert of the season, on April 23, is This Sceptred Isle, which includes Crown Imperial by William Walton, the rarely heard Sussex Overture by Harold Whibley (who died in Worthing in 1984) and Symphony No. Elgar.

“Arta Arnicane, winner of the Sussex International Piano Competition, also plays Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini.

John added: “Worthing Symphony Orchestra is West Sussex’s professional orchestra made up of professional musicians from London and the South East. Concerts are held in Assembly Hall, Worthing and begin at 2.45pm, except for the evening concert on 27 January.

“A full season means the return of the Season Pass where classical music fans can save up to £90 on all eight gigs. »

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