The Birmingham Festival Orchestra gave its inaugural concert in August 2011 at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham. Since then, it has gone on to give a series of highly acclaimed performances, securing a reputation as one of the leading non-professional orchestras in the UK.
Saturday 31st August 2013
Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire
6.30pm (note early start time)
Birmingham Festival Orchestra
and BFO Chorus
Conductor: Jamie Phillips
JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G
We are delighted to be welcomed back to the Adrian Boult Hall following our debut concert there at the start of the summer season. The orchestra will join forces with the BFO Chorus for the first time for a truly thrilling programme, juxtaposing the works of two of the most significant composers in history. Bach and Stravinsky were arguably the two most influential composers of their respective generations, doing more for the progression of musical development than perhaps any others in history. Musicians remain influenced even today by the work of these great artists and in this concert the orchestra and chorus will present a small snapshot of their truly staggering outputs.
Bach's third Brandenburg Concerto, based so intriguingly on the number 3, is performed alongside Leopold Stokowski's orchestral transcription of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor for Organ, an arrangement made famous as the opening work in Walt Disney's film Fantasia. The beautiful biblical text settings of Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and his quirky and exciting music for the ballet Petrushka are the perfect accompaniment and create what is set to be a truly fascinating evening of music.