Saturday 23 Jan 2016, 7.45pmThe Anvil, Basingstoke

Venue Box Office: 01256 844 244

John Wilson conductor

Mark van de Wiel clarinet

Sally Matthews soprano

Roderick Williams baritone

Bristol Choral Society

Gloucester Choral Society

Vaughan Williams Overture, The Wasps

Finzi Clarinet Concerto

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Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 1, A Sea Symphony

Vaughan Williams’ overture is one of his very best short pieces, beginning by evoking the buzzing of the insects of the title. Finzi’s delightful concerto is his most well-known orchestral piece and showcases many sides of the clarinet’s character, played tonight by the orchestra’s Principal Clarinet. The Sea Symphony is an epic and imaginative setting of poems by Walt Whitman, though keeping the traditional four movements of symphonic form. The musical themes set out in the striking introduction recur in various forms throughout the work. Its success established Vaughan Williams as the foremost British composer of his generation.