Jonathan Tilbrook conductor
Vanhal Sinfonia in G minor
Ravel Pavane pour une infant défunte
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Angela Slater Blencathra (premiere)
Stravinsky Pulcinella: Suite
The first university concert for the year contrasts classical and neo-classical music opening with a sinfonia by the 18th-century Bohemian composer Johann Baptist Vanhal in the 200th anniversary of his death. Ravel’s memorial work written in the style of a Baroque suite was originally written for solo piano with each of the movements dedicated to friends who died in World War I. Postgraduate student Angela Slater was inspired to write her chamber work Blencathra by the Lake District landscape. The programme is completed with Stravinsky’s homage to the 18th-century composer Pergolesi, the Suite from the ballet based on the commedia dell'arte character Pulcinella.
The concert finishes at approximately 9.10pm