UWE symphony orchestra perform 'dance' music

Issue date: 02 May 2006

UWE concert Malmesbury Abbey – Saturday 6 May 2006 at 19.30

The University of the West of England's Symphony Orchestra of 70 young musicians will perform a programme of music centred on dance themes for the High Sheriff of Wiltshire's Gala Charity Concert on Saturday 6 May at Malmesbury Abbey.

Conductor Martin Freke, said, “The programme is centred on dance in its many manifestations. We open with the overture to Die Fledermaus which not only has a riot of tuneful Viennese melodies, but also features one of Johann Strauss's most engaging waltzes.

“The French composer Chabrier is represented with his splendidly evocative rhapsody 'Espana' - inspired by a holiday in Spain. The Second Jazz Suite of Shostakovich was perhaps slightly outrageous by Soviet standards in the 1930's but is actually no more than a romp through some of the dances popular at the time – Waltzes, Polkas and Marches – but all given the Shostakovich make-over with an abundance of percussion, saxophones, piano and accordion. The programme ends with Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings”

The final piece for the concert was selected because not only is the organ in the Abbey a superb instrument, but UWE also has an eminent organist, Ian Ball currently studying Law who will be the soloist on this occasion. Ian has held many prestigious musical appointments in the West Country including that of Assistant Organist at Gloucester, Bristol and Clifton Cathedrals.

The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Mrs Geraldine Wimble, who is hosting this concert, will be donating all proceeds to two local charities, the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal and the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust. Both charities rely on public support to continue their excellent work. The Air Ambulance flies to over 400 incidents a year and the Bobby Van Trust works with the elderly, vulnerable and disadvantaged by giving practical and emotional support.

Tickets at £10 each are available from the Centre for Performing Arts at Bristol UWE (tel 0117 32 82067), from the Malmesbury Abbey Bookshop, or on the door.

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