Events Calendar

Rhapsody & Wonder

Wednesday 6 May 2020, 7.30pm

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Wasps: Overture

RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

BUTTERWORTH The Banks of Green Willow

ELGAR ‘Enigma’ Variations

Christoph Altstaedt Conductor
Clare Hammond Piano

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Vaughan Williams’ animated and bombastic Overture to The Wasps opens an evening of enthralling orchestral classics. Featuring is Rachmaninov’s vivacious Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, performed by pianist Clare Hammond. The piece paints rich Romantic colours with the central melody, ranging from expressions of virtuosic passion to moments of lush, lyrical introspection.

Butterworth’s The Banks of the Green Willow opens the second half, a quintessential piece of English Romanticism with its sublime orchestral reimagining of a traditional folk theme. Perhaps Elgar’s most enduring work, his ‘Enigma Variations remains as one of the nation’s best-loved pieces of the orchestral repertoire. A set of musical dedications to dear friends of the composer, the main theme is perhaps performed most memorably in the famous Nimrod movement, which never fails to rouse the feelings of awe and wonder in the listener.


Fairfield Halls
Park Lane
Croydon
CR9 1DG
020 3292 0002
www.fairfield.co.uk