Scottish themed concert by the de Havilland Orchestra at Hatfield
2:26 PM January 21, 2022
2:28 PM January 21, 2022
A Scottish-themed classical concert can be enjoyed at Hatfield next month.
The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra returns in full force to Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire in February with a winter-themed concert inspired by Scotland.
Audiences will hear the music of Bruch, Arnold and Mendelssohn musically creating an image of Scotland.
Scottish fantasies will take place on Sunday, February 6 at 4 p.m.
Commenting on the upcoming performance, Annabel Lucas, Head of UH Arts + Culture, said, “This promises to be a truly atmospheric concert.
“The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra returned to our auditorium in the fall, but this is the first time we’ve seen the full orchestra on stage and we look forward to welcoming the public on a musical journey on Sunday after noon across Scotland.”
The beautifully lyrical Bruch Scottish fantasy opens the concert with Finnish soloist Sini Simonen.
The violinist Sini leads an active international career as a chamber musician and soloist.
She directs the Castalian String Quartet and has won first prizes in several major international violin competitions, including the Flesch, Lipizer and Cremona competitions.
Sini has also won prizes at the Brahms, Lyon, ARD, Banff and Citta di Pinerolo chamber music competitions.
Scottish fantasy was written during Bruch’s three-year tenure (1880-1883) as conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society when he traveled extensively in Britain and took pride in having personally collected the folksongs featured in this work. Each movement incorporates a different folk melody.
Malcolm Arnold Four Scottish Dances were written in 1957 and capture the atmosphere of the Highlands.
The first dance opens with trombones mimicking bagpipe hum, while the third dance creates the impression of a sea and mountain landscape on a calm summer day.
Mendelssohn also visited Scotland and was inspired not only to write his wildly popular Opening of the Hebrides, but also Symphony No. 3, known as the ‘Scottish Symphony’.
The music reflects the romantic landscapes, the sea and the rocky coasts, the fog and the overwhelming melancholy of its surroundings.
Tickets are on sale now at www.uharts.co.uk or via the ticket office on 01707 281127.
Tickets for the de Havilland campus concert cost £8 for children, £18 for adults, £15 for concessions; £12.75 Friends and staff of UH, and it’s free for UH students and caregivers.
The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1969.