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Northern Chamber Orchestra returns to Settle Victoria Hall with a ravishing programme which includes Elgar’s rarely-performed Elegy

The Northern Chamber Orchestra returns to Settle Victoria Hall on Friday 13 September, 7.30pm.  The ‘Ravishing Diversions’  concert features a charming Mozart Divertimento, Weber’s tuneful, virtuosic Clarinet Concerto – arranged from the Clarinet Quintet – and Dvorak’s sublime Serenade, with its sumptuous slow movement, and passages which give the players a chance to astonish, with free-flowing virtuosity.  The programme also includes Elgar’s intensely-beautiful, yet rarely-performed Elegy. Elgar made several sojourns to Yorkshire, to visit his friend, Dr Charles Buck, who lived in Settle, and the composer had a close affinity with the area.

 

The NCO is critically-acclaimed as one of the country’s finest professional Chamber Orchestras.  The concert provides an opportunity to hear the beautiful, lyrical playing of Elizabeth Jordan, NCO’s principal clarinet in Weber’s Clarinet Concerto – arranged from the Clarinet Quintet – one of only three chamber music pieces by the brilliant German composer, known principally for his operatic works. Weber’s Clarinet Quintet is more like a concerto, with clarinet as soloist and the strings as an accompaniment, hence Nicholas Ward’s arrangement of the piece as a Concerto for this concert.

 

It is a year since the Orchestra last performed at the historic Victoria Hall and Nicholas Ward, NCO’s Leader and Director, said: “We always enjoy coming to Settle Victoria Hall; it is such an intimate and atmospheric venue and the people are so friendly!”

 

“The concert includes Dvorak’s great string Serenade, with its wonderful richness and one of his finest slow movements.  Mozart’s F major Divertimento is a joy to play.  Liz Jordan is sure to win new admirers with her virtuosity and expressiveness in the Weber, a piece that works really well with a full string orchestra.  Elgar’s Elegy is a lovely, poignant piece composed shortly after the death of his close friend, August Jaeger – known as the subject of Nimrod, from the composer’s Enigma Variations.”

The concert is sponsored by BOOTHS.  Tickets: £15; students & unwaged (in receipt of unemployment benefits) £12; 18s & under free.  Available from Victoria Hall Box Office: 01729 825 718; online at www.settlevictoriahall.co.uk; and On the Door.

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