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Sunday 2nd September 2018


Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 2.45PM
Assembly Hall, Worthing

carriages from 4.35pm

Nicola Benedetti

- Violin


Concert Overture 'Froissart'

Violin Concerto in D minor

In the Steppes of Central Asia

William Alwyn
Symphony No. 4

International superstar violinist Nicola Benedetti returns to Worthing – this time with the deeply romantic violin concerto by Finnish master Jean Sibelius. Well known for such works as Finlandia, The Swan of Tuonela and Valse Triste, the Violin Concerto is acclaimed as one of the great concertos of the twentieth century. The concert also includes Borodin’s mesmeric orchestral depiction In the Steppes of Central Asia, Elgar’s gloriously ebullient overture Froissart and the profoundly uplifting Fourth Symphony by British composer William Alwyn. This work, premiered by the Halle Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli in 1959, is a work packed full of energy, beautiful melody and romantic harmony that builds over the course of its length to a glorious climax, brilliantly orchestrated by a composer well-versed in the cinematic sound world.

"…it was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player."

Hilary Finch - The Times


Sunday 30th September 2018


Sunday 30th September 2018 at 2.45PM
Assembly Hall, Worthing

carriages from 4.40pm

Idil Biret

- Internationally renowned Turkish pianist


Symphony No. 2 in A major

Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb major, k595

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

An opportunity to not only enjoy two performances of Mozart’s Piano Concertos but also to be part of a live recording. The Turkish pianist Idil Biret has enjoyed an extraordinary career. A pupil of Nadia Boulanger, Alfred Cortot and Wilhelm Kempff, she made her US debut, playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto on the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Her legendary association with the Naxos label (by 2004 they had sold over 2 million copies of her recordings) includes the Award-winning complete Chopin collection. She has already recorded two Mozart piano concertos in collaboration with John Gibbons and they now bring the recording team to Worthing for this unique occasion.

"the soloist at the SSO concert in the Sydney Opera House performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 K466 was Idil Biret, the Turkish pianist. Her playing was eminently musical, stylishly phrased, totally free of mannerisms or effects imposed from outside, firm yet emotionally attuned to a work with a deep vein of sadness"

Sydney Morning Herald


Sunday 4th November 2018


Sunday 4th November 2018 at 2.45PM
Assembly Hall, Worthing

carriages from 4.50pm

Helena Dix

- Soprano


Overture 'La Forza del Destino'

George Butterworth
Rhapsody - A Shropshire Lad

Hamilton Harty
Ode to a Nightingale

Otello - Desdemona's final scene

Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo & Juliet'

Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies inspired Tchaikovsky and Verdi to compose two of their most popular and astonishing works. Sensational Australian soprano Helena Dix returns to Worthing to sing Desdemona’s intensely moving closing scene at the end of Otello, whilst the orchestra brings us the heart-rending tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Helena also sings the beautiful setting of Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale” by Hamilton Harty, perhaps best known for his orchestral suites of music by Handel and John Field and his conductorship of the Hallé Orchestra. The concert also includes the poignant Rhapsody “A Shropshire Lad” inspired by A.E. Houseman’s poetry and composed by George Butterworth who was killed in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. The concert opens with Verdi’s hugely popular overture “The Force of Destiny” – known to millions as the ‘Stella Artois’ advert.

"“Dix is a tour de force. She has a voice that ranges from the delicate to the overwhelming, soft declamation alternating with coloratura fireworks, and excellent comic timing. If that’s not enough, Dix can really act. Her portrayal of the aging queen’s hopes, uncertainties, rage, and jealousy was riveting. Put simply, it was one of the most thrilling nights at the opera I have ever experienced – an opinion shared by many in the enthusiastic audience. If you haven’t heard of Melbourne born soprano Helena Dix yet – you will. This is the most exciting voice I have heard since Joan Sutherland” "

Paul Selar, Opera Chaser


Sunday 6th January 2019


Sunday 6th January 2019 at 2.45PM
Assembly Hall, Worthing

carriages from 4.55pm

Johann Strauss II
The Blue Danube Waltz

Franz Lehar
Gold and Silver Waltz

Johann Strauss II
Waltz - Roses from the South

Emil von Reznicek
Overture 'Donna Diana'

Johann Strauss II
Accelerations Waltz

Franz von Suppe
Overture 'Poet and Peasnat'

Johann Strauss II
Voices of Spring Waltz

Johann Strauss I
Radetzky March

An afternoon to revel in the joyous delights of a Viennese New Year in the hands of the Waltz-King himself, Johann Strauss II,as well as other popular Viennese composers, Franz Lehár, Franz von Suppé and Viennese- born Emil von Reznicek whose popular overture “Donna Diana” opens the concert. Older listeners might recall its use on the BBC Children’s Hour by Stephen King-Hall. Suppé’s overture Poet & Peasant, originally composed for the operetta Dichter und Bauer achieved global popularity after featuring in the 1935 Popeye cartoon The Spinach Overture. Lehár’s sumptuous Gold & Silver Waltz, with its glistening harp figurations, stands on a par with all the concert’s famous Strauss waltzes: Roses from the South, the Beautiful Blue Danube, Voices of Spring and the Accelerations Waltz. Sparkle and fizz abound in the form of popular Polkas and marches including the Thunder & Lightning Polka, Trtsch-Tratsch Polka and Radetzky March.

"Where would I be without Johann Strauss's beautiful 'Blue Danube?' Without this piece of music I wouldn't be the man I am today. It's a tune that brings out the emotion in everyone and makes them want to waltz. "

Andre Rieu


Thursday 7th February 2019


Thursday 7th February 2019 at 7.30PM
Assembly Hall, Worthing

carriages from 9.45pm

John Williams

Malcolm Arnold
Heroes of Telemark - Suite

Violin Concerto

Symphony No. 5 in E minor

A special celebration concert to mark John Gibbons’s 21st season as Music Director of Worthing Symphony Orchestra includes his own realization of Malcolm Arnold’s famous film score to the WWII film “Heroes of Telemark”. The original score and parts were lost, so in 2017, John recreated them from listening to the film soundtrack and premiered the concert suite with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Malcolm Arnold Festival. Early in his tenure WSO performed the complete Tchaikovsky symphonies so it is fitting to conclude this concert with Tchaikovsky’s most popular symphony with its gorgeous slow movement horn solo and uplifting conclusion.
Renowned for her “dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM), violinist Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. Born to British and Polish parents in 1989 she gained international attention in 2002, when aged 12 she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prizewinner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition. At 15 she made celebrated debuts at the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall, soon after becoming a BBC New Generation Artist, winner of the international London Music Masters Award and the only classical artist ever to win the South Bank Show/Times Breakthrough Award. Passionate about helping young people from all backgrounds enhance their lives through music, she is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and Patron of the City Music Foundation. In demand as soloist with top orchestras worldwide, she recently recorded the Sibelius with the Bergen Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis and the Mendelssohn with the CBSO on Chandos to great acclaim.

The Viennese child prodigy Eric Wolfgang Korngold was invited to Hollywood in 1934 by the actor Max Reinhardt. He soon became one of the most important film composers in Hollywood ever. He composed his Violin Concerto for Jascha Heifetz using lyrical themes from some of his film scores: Another Dawn, Juarez, Anthony Adverse and The Prince and the Pauper.

""molten intensity which will break your heart...get it now" "

The Herald

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