Mixed classical repertoire on offer from Axe Vale Orchestra

18:30 19 February 2013

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Axe Vale Orchestra will be presenting a concert with a mixture of well-known and less familiar works from the classical repertoire.

The Axe Vale Orchestra, now in its seventh year giving concerts in and around Axminster and Colyton, is conducted by Adrian Carpenter and led by Alex Ennis.

Mozart’s Symphony number 40 is one of three last symphonies by the composer, which are considered by many to be his finest.

It is, unusually for Mozart, in a minor key and its tragic tones perhaps reflect the personal tragedy which he was experiencing at the time.

Another musical prodigy, the French composer Georges Bizet, is well know for the opera Carmen, but also well known to many pianists for his suite of miniatures Jeux d’Enfants (Children’s Games) depicting scenes from the playroom, with such engaging titles as The Doll, The Top, Little Husband, Little Wife.

The composer himself orchestrated five of the movements as Petite Suite in 1871 and re-arranged the movements to provide a range of moods and orchestral colour.

The two less well-known works are by Carl Maria von Weber and William Mathias.

Weber, chiefly known as a composer of opera, had a liking for wind instruments and his Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in F has much that is dramatic, contrasting military march with reflective calm, athletic leaps from top to bottom of the instrument, theatricality and operatic lyricism, wit and humour.

The solo will be played by the one of orchestra’s regular bassoonists, Peter Dawson.

The other lesser known work is by the contemporary composer William Mathias, who wrote an anthem for the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, and has written much vocal and instrumental music for players and singers of all standards. His Serenade for Small Orchestra dates from 1961 and, in the words of one commentator, ‘has shifting tonal centres, a device which adds spice without placing a heavy demand on the listener’.

The concert takes place on Sunday, February 24, at 3pm in the Feoffees Hall, Colyton.

Tickets (adults £9, children and students free) are available from Brainwave in Colyton (tel. 01297 551302), Archway bookshop in Axminster (tel. 01297 33595) and on the door.

As usual, the concert will be followed by a delicious spread of home-made cakes and tea.

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