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    The ethereal atmosphere and dramatic landscape of Scandinavia and Northern Europe are the inspiration behind the GSO’s spring concert in Charterhouse on Sunday March 25th at 7pm.
    Brahms  Tragic Overture                 Nielsen     Flute Concerto                                               
    Grieg      Peer Gynt Suite                Sibelius    Symphony No 2                          
    Brahms’ Tragic Overture written in 1880 creates a ‘Scandi-Noir’ atmosphere, setting the scene for Grieg’s evocative soundscapes in the Peer Gynt Suite, originally written to accompany the play by Ibsen.

    Nielsen’s Flute Concerto was premiered in 1926, and reflecting the modernistic trends of the 1920s, has adventurous tonality. Our soloist interpreting the edginess and mystery is Emma Halnan, who won the woodwind category of the BBC Young Musician 2010, the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award 2016 and the Croydon Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition 2017.
    The concert concludes with Sibelius’ Symphony No 2, but there is a Nordic twist here, as the composer synonymous with Finland was enjoying the warmth and Mediterranean culture of Italy when he began writing it. In 1902 the work was seen as bold and unconventional. But the fourth movement resolves the contrasting themes with power and majesty.
    The orchestra has chosen to support the Meath Epilepsy Charity based in Godalming for the Charterhouse concert. The Meath helps people living with complex epilepsy and their families.


  • SUMMER PROM 2018


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