Celebrating 100 years of Finnish independance
Saturday 29, April 2017 7.30
This year sees the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence and the orchestra are proud and honoured to be appointed as official partners by the Finnish Government in their anniversary celebrations. To honour this event the orchestra have chosen to perform an all Sibelius programme. The welcomed return from the Netherlands of the acclaimed violinist Olivia Doflein formerly Scheepers, and the engagement of the Italian Marco Bellasi as conductor reflects the international emphasis of this event. With the Tone Poem Finlandia, the beautiful Violin Concerto and the spiritually uplifting Symphony Number Five, we trust that you will come from this concert with your spirits soaring with the swans.
Conductor - Marco Bellasi
Olivia Doflein:- Violin
Saturday 24, June 2017 7.30
The final concert in the season is a performance of Russian music. Richard Howarth will conduct the orchestra in a performance of Balakirev’s Overture on Three Russian Songs, Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto, In the Steppes of Central Asia by Borodin and finally Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Number Five. The soloist and winner of the Chester Philharmonic/Chetham’s Concerto prize is Hannah Godfrey-Clarke. This concert concludes the 2016/17 ‘High Fives Season’ but, at the time of writing, it is proposed to continue the theme into 2017/18 with a performance of Mahler’s Fifth
Conductor - Richard Howarth
Hannah Godfrey Clarke:- Contra Bass.