25th May, 2018

English Symphony Orchestra heading to Malvern Theatres

THE ENGLISH Symphony Orchestra, hailed as the International Orchestra of Elgar Country, return to their historic home in Malvern Theatres.

On February 15 the venue will host an evening of music by Brahms, Schumann and Mendelssohn, featuring one of Britain’s most popular and admired violinists Chloë Hanslip.

Chloë has already established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage.

Prodigiously talented, she made her BBC Proms debut in 2002 and her US concerto debut in 2003, and has performed at major venues in the UK (Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall) and Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Paris Louvre and Salle Gaveau, St Petersburg Hermitage).

She has also took to the stage at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo and the Seoul Arts Centre and collaborated with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Andrew Davis, Mariss Jansons and Jeffrey Tate.

For her ESO debut she has chosen to play the Violin Concerto in D major by Brahms, one of the ultimate tests for any violinist.

Conductor Kenneth Woods has chosen to build a programme around the Brahms which highlights a true-life story of musical friendships and collaborations. Brahms wrote his Violin Concerto for the great violinist Joseph Joachim, who was responsible for introducing Brahms to the older composer, Robert Schumann.

It was Schumann who first recognised Brahms’s genius and was responsible for Brahms’s early fame.

The concert includes a performance of Schumann’s much-loved ‘Rhenish’ Symphony, a work that comes from the happy times when Brahms, Joachim and Schumann all shared a lively friendship and worked together on many musical projects.

It opens with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture.

Mendelssohn was an important early supporter of Schumann’s music and conducted the first performances of several of Schumann’s orchestral works.

Tickets for the show are available from the Box Office on 01684 892277 or online at www.malvern-theatres.co.uk.

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