World renowned Worcester orchestra kick off 2024 with Malvern concert - The Malvern Observer

World renowned Worcester orchestra kick off 2024 with Malvern concert

Malvern Editorial 6th Jan, 2024   0

A WORCESTER based orchestra with an international reputation will be performing its first concert of the new year in Malvern.

The English Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Malvern Theatres on Friday, January 19 at 7.30pm.

Entitled ‘Beyond the Horizon’, the programme will include Eleanor Alberga ‘Jupiter’s Fairground’, Antonin Dvořák’s ‘Song to the Moon from Rusalka’, Samuel Barber’s ‘Knoxville: Summer of 1915’ and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Symphony No.41 Jupiter’.

The over arching theme for these season’s concerts is ‘Music for Humans: Compassion.’

Kenneth Woods, The English Symphony Orchestra’s artistic director and principal conductor said : “We are so pleased to be able to present our first concert of 2024.




“Its title ‘Beyond the Horizon’ resonates with us all as we head into the new year as does the theme of ‘compassion’ in today’s troubled world.

“We hope the concert will be uplifting for all those attending and we look forward welcoming you.”


The concert will welcome soprano soloist April Fredrick – the ESO’s first Affiliate Artist – born in Wisconsin and now based in London. April’s work spans opera, orchestral song, art song, oratorio and historical performance.

The concert will explore the power of music to capture and share moments of happiness, acts of love and kindness and feelings of common purpose and security.

At its heart is Barber’s masterpiece, based on a poem by James Agee.

Composed by Barber shortly after World War II, it presents a child’s view of life and loss in a rural America that seems, on the surface, far removed from the brutality of the two World Wars.

Tickets range from £25 to £35 each. Tickets for carers and aged 18 and under – £5.

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