The St Cecilia Orchestra’s Spring Concert will take place in Ripon Cathedral at 7.30 pm on 16 April. Conducted by Xenophon Kelsey MBE and featuring soloist Hayley Parkes, the evening will be a contrast to the recently acclaimed performance of all six Brandenburg Concertos. Instead of a chamber orchestra and multiple soloists suited to Bach’s demands, the St Cecilia will be at full strength.
The evening will start with Beethoven’s Overture Leonora No 3, written in 1806 as one of the four overtures written for the opera Fidelio. It is the most popular and best known as a concert piece complete with the sound of a distant trumpet. The audience will find out on the night if the trumpeter is really outside the Cathedral or perched high above them on the battlements.
Beethoven will again be featured in one of his best loved and accessible works, the Piano Concerto No 4. Although premiered in a private performance in March 1807, the first public performance was not until
December 1808 in Vienna. This was Beethoven’s last appearance as a soloist.
Hayley Parkes is one of the country’s most promising young pianists. Currently in her fifth year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music, she performs as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and singer. She has appeared as a soloist at The Royal Festival Hall, The Bridgewater Hall, The Sage and the BBC Proms.
Hayley takes music out of the concert hall by encouraging young players to perform on stage and also takes part in workshops in children’s hospices. She is in great demand as an accompanist and has a growing interest in the psychological and philosophical aspects of music.
The evening will end with Brahms’ Symphony No 4. Written in the last decade of his life, his final symphony is considered to be his finest. Brahms conducted the premiere in 1885. It will be a splendid conclusion to a memorable evening.
Tickets are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, at the door or telephone 01765 677 413. Concessions available.