Posts Tagged ‘St Paul’s Sinfonia’

St Paul’s Sinfonia (St Paul’s, Deptford) 19 November

November 20, 2010


Not a very comprehensive picture

Haydn – Symphony No. 43 ‘Mercury’
Alan Rawsthorne – Divertimento
Schumann – Symphony No. 2

So a pretty successful first visit this season to St Paul’s Deptford.  The Haydn symphony was pleasant enough, and then the piece by Alan Rawsthorne was fresh and interesting (though not perhaps marked by thematic consistency).  I was certainly enwrapped by the elegiac sloe movement of Schumann’s Second Symphony, though I didn’t share the vview of the people behind me that the Finale should have gone on longer; in fact, I felt the first movement could usefully have gone on shorter.  I imagine that being played by a chamber orchestra helped with the scoring and the hearing what was going on in the different parts…

Next performance is on 17 December.

St Paul’s Sinfonia, St Paul’s Deptford, 18 June

June 21, 2010


St Paul’s Sinfonia
Andrew Morley  conductor

Greenwich Trio:
Lana Trotovsek  violin
Stjepan Hauser  cello
Yoko Misumi  piano

1. Rossini ‘William Tell’ Overture
2. Beethoven Triple Concerto


3. Brahms Symphony No. 4

After Friends and supporters had been entertained to fizz and conversation in the church crypt, we clambered up the spiral staircase to the concert.  I was impressed to learn that there were other things in the William Tell overture as well as the final Allegro vivace, and my companion was impressed by the way that the church acoustic projected the sound out at us.  The Beethoven Triple Concerto was a fairly late replacement for a new piece that had never materialised, and this time the acoustic defeated me–I really had little idea of what as going on in the orchestral part.  I also commented that the pianist seemed to be trying out for the position of England goalie–but we could hear the violinist and cellist, and they were good.

During the interval, I was filled with foreboding as to how mushified Brahms 4 would be by the acoustic and I was pleasantly surprised, or to be more accurate, completely  astonished.  There followed a performance of total clarity and conviction, whipped along by Andrew Morley with great dynamism and passion, and I felt I saw the point of Brahms for the first time in something like thirty years.  As my companion pointed out, it does make a diiference when the orchestra play like they mean it, not like a group of the jaded and world-weary!  And I was most impressed by their commitment and attack.

St Paul’s Sinfonia:  very nice people and well worth supporting!–See their website.


The author is a Friend of St Paul’s Sinfonia, and on this occasion received two glasses of free fizz (and free entrance to the concert).

St Paul’s Sinfonia Programme 2010/11

June 19, 2010

St Paul's Deptford

Here’s the programme for the St Paul’s Sinfonia 2010/11 season, which includes showings of two silent films with scores by Stuart Hancock on 20 May,  and a world premiere by Elena Firsova on 18 February.  No doubt more details will appear on their website soon enough!

Friday 15 October

Mendelssohn Overture ‘Ruy Blas’
Martinu Concerto-Rhapsody
Schubert Symphony No. 9 ‘Great’

Louise Parker viola
Andrew Morley conductor

Friday 19 November

Haydn Symphony No. 43 ‘Mercury’
Alan Rawsthorne Divertimento
Schumann Symphony No. 2

Andrew Morley  conductor

Friday 17 December

Mendelssohn Overture ‘Hebrides’
Stuart Hancock Violin Concerto
David Braid Score for an lmaginary Film
Haydn Symphony No. 45 ‘Farewell’

Paul Barrett  violin
Andrew Morley  conductor

Friday 21 January


Barber Adagio for Strings
Herrmann Music from Psycho
lves Quarter-tone Chorale
Benjamin Frankel Concertante Lirico
Elgar Introduction and Allegro

Andrew Morley  conductor

Friday 18 February

Herrmann Aubade
Elena Firsova Cello Concerto No. 4 (WP)
Mozart Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’

Anatole Liebermann   cello
Andrew Morley   conductor

Friday 18 March

Schubert Symphony No.3
St Paul’s Sinfonia Composition Prize winner
Sibelius Symphony No. 3

Friday 8 April

Haydn Symphony No. 47 ‘Palindrome’
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Elona Laurie   violin
Samuel Burstin  conductor

Friday 22 April


Bach St John Passion

Serlo Consort and soloists
Andrew Morley conductor

Friday 20 May


Stuart Hancock ‘One Week’ (WP)
Stuart Hancock ‘Lucky Star’

Andrew Morley   conductor

Friday 17 June

Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Bruch Violin Concerto
Mahler Symphony No. 4

John Haworth violin
Zoe South soprano
Andrew Morley conductor

St Paul’s Sinfonia (St Paul’s, Deptford) 26 February

February 26, 2010


1. J Strauss – Overture ‘Die Fledermaus’
2. Beethoven – Violin Concerto
3. Schumann – Symphony No. 4

The first item passed by with no more than a Now that’s ended, and I’m glad it’s over by way of reaction from me.  Then in the Beethoven Violin Concerto the timpanist started (whose identity is unknown to me) by seeming not to be able to find the beat, while as soloist the orchestra’s usual leader, James Widden, did seem to get lost at one point.  The French horns also made rather a mess of their entry in the first movement.  But the cadenzas (reverse-engineered from an arrangement for piano and orchestra) were interesting and in the first of them the soloist and timpanist combined to good effect.  Still, the piece did seem to last an awfully long time.

After the interval, it was Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, which I had no especial expectations of, but which turned out  well under some typically dynamic conducting from Andrew Morley and with some engaging playing from the strings (and much more reliable contribution from the brass).  A special vote of thanks to the woodwind section, who held up well all evening.

Next time (19 March), we’re promised Haydn and Elena Firsova as well as Beethoven–should be interesting!

St Paul’s Sinfonia (St Paul’s Deptford) 15 January

January 21, 2010


1.  Gorecki – Three Pieces in Olden Style
2.  John Woolrich – Ulysses Awakes
3.  Stravinsky – Apollon Musagete
4.  Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings

Well, that was a jolly nice concert for string orchestra, and the programming showed commendable variety–I’d not heard either of the first two pieces before.  As ever, conductor Andrew Morley enthused the orchestra, soloist (Victoria Rawlins playing the viola in Ulysses Awakes), audience and probably the occupants of the graves outside as well.

I especially enjoyed the first two pieces, and  Ulysses Awakes reminded me of my ambition to see Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria sometime–the viola part here derives from Dormo ancora there.  I did occasionally regret the lack of any ballet to watch during Apollon Musagete. And my theory that it’s best to sit at the back to get properly-blended sound was confirmed…

St Paul’s Sinfonia St Paul’s Deptford 16 October

October 16, 2009


I arrived a minute or so past 7.30 since I’d spent some time searching for something secure-looking to lock my bike to.  There were no programmes left and I occupied my normal place at the front.  The orchestra launched into Leonore No. 3 with commendable energy (also one rather wild entry from the French horns).  The man sitting next to me kindly passed me his programme, and I saw that I was down as a Friend–surely that was last year, if not the year before?

Second up was the Sibelius Violin Concerto with a real Finnish soloist in Frida Backman.  And she had provided a programme note on the piece including an interesting piece of Finnish information:  [The first movement] concludes with a lot of ‘sisu’–a type of idiomatic Finnish mental and emotional state in which one takes on any challenge regardless of the odds .

During the interval I went down to the crypt where there was friendly coffee on a pay-what-you-feel-like basis, as well as checking that my bike was still there.

So finally we had Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony, again played with commendable vigour (perhaps the big tune from the cor anglais in the Largo could have been a bit more legato), and I was quite carried away as the end approached…

Definitely worth a try if you’re in the area!  The next concert is on 20 November, details on their website.