Music for Midsummer’s day

PUBLISHED: 10:56 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 15 June 2010

The Axe Vale Orchestra, formed two years ago, is to give a Midsummer Concert in Axminster s Minster Church. Conducted by Adrian Carpenter and led by Brenda Soothill, a popular programme has been chosen for the occasion.

The Axe Vale Orchestra, formed two years ago, is to give a Midsummer Concert in Axminster's Minster Church. Conducted by Adrian Carpenter and led by Brenda Soothill, a popular programme has been chosen for the occasion.

It will open with Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, which was written after a tour of Scotland, when the composer heard the waves breaking in Fingal's Cave on the island of Staffa. The surging of the music describes the scene admirably.

One of Mozart's supreme achievements in the medium of the piano concerto comes with the one in A major, K488, dating from 1786. The soloist will be Simon Watterton (pictured), who is well known to Axminster and Colyton audiences. He has appeared as soloist and chamber music player in many leading venues, including London's Wigmore Hall. He will be heard again in Colyton in July when he will be the pianist in Nicholas Brown's Requiem, for soloists, choir, piano and wind instruments.

Finally, there will be a piece from the 17-year-old Bizet. Best known for his opera Carmen, he wrote his Symphony in C major in 1855, but it was not to receive its first performance until 80 years later. It had been lost and was finally discovered in the library of the Paris Conservatoire in 1933. This extremely joyful piece will provide a fitting conclusion for this midsummer occasion.

Tickets for the concert on Saturday, June 21, at 7.30pm, are available at the Archway Bookshop, Axminster on (01297) 553304, price £8, students £5, or at the door.

John Dalton


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