Schubert’s magnificent overture for ‘Rosamunde’ bears no relation to the themes of his famous incidental music; he ran out of time before the opening night and never composed a Rosamunde Overture – He simply recycled an earlier work, but not even the one we will hear in this concert. Surrey Mozart Players will perform Schubert’s most accomplished overture, written for his early opera ‘The Magic Harp’, but now universally known as his ‘Rosamunde Overture’.

Vaughan Williams’s fifth symphony, one of the finest symphonic works of the twentieth century, manages to evoke both the glory and nobility of the English countryside, whilst addressing some of the most profound, grief ridden issues facing everyone throughout the second world war period. It is simultaneously one of his most serene and powerful works, offering little evidence of the labour and worry the piece had caused him for so many years. Vaughan Williams considered it one of his greatest achievements and dedicated the symphony “without permission” to his compositional hero Sibelius. It is therefore most fitting that we welcome Ionel Manciu, as violin soloist to perform Sibelius’s powerful and haunting violin concerto with us in the first half of the concert.

The Surrey Mozart Players are widely regarded as the UK’s premier non-professional chamber orchestra, drawing its members from Surrey and surrounding counties. The orchestra performs a series of 5-6 concerts each season at the Electric Theatre, Guildford, under the baton of their Music Director Kenneth Woods.

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