The St Cecilia Orchestra under the baton of its Founder and Conductor Xen Kelsey will perform in Holy Trinity Church Ripon on Saturday 25 June. In a perfect programme for a summer's evening, the Orchestra will perform two pieces by Richard Strauss and two by Mozart.
Both Strauss pieces are late works, written towards the end of the second World War II. The Wind Symphony is sometimes referred to as a posthumous publication, although Strauss was present at its premier in 1946. The name "The Happy Workshop" comes from the Publishers, Messrs Boosey & Hawkes, not the Composer. The performance will surely be a joyous experience for audience and players alike.
Strauss' Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings was a commission from the Basel Chamber Orchestra. Taken from a poem by Goethe, the theme "In Memoriam" was seen as an elegy for Germany's defeat and destruction.
Mozart's Symphony No 29 in A major is one of his best loved works. Written in 1774 when the Composer was barely 18, its chamber style is ideally suited to the intimate surroundings of Holy Trinity.
The highlight of the evening will be a performance of Mozart's Horn Concerto No 4. The sparkling rondo finale is one of Mozart's best known tunes. If you are not exactly sure which one, just think Flanders and Swann.
The soloist will be Joel Roberts, one of the finest young horn players of his generation. Joel has played with the St Cecilia on several previous occasions, but this will be his first solo appearance. Having played the trumpet from the age of seven, he switched to the horn six years later and in 2011 won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music, where he also studied the natural horn. Joel is in great demand; the RNCM Professional Access Scheme means that he recently recorded with the BBC Phil and has appeared at the Bridgewater Hall and The Sage with The Halle. In November 2014 he took art in the European Union Youth Orchestra Tour to Berlin.
Joel has also had great success with contemporary performance and chamber music. In 2014 he was won the RNCM Goronwy Evans Memorial Prize for Solo Creative Performance. In 2015 at the European Youth Music Festival he was awarded First Prize "Summa Cum Laude" with his Horn Quartet.
As well as his many musical engagements, Joel finds time to be a keen sports fan, particularly of Formula 1, rugby and football. He is a huge fan of movies, especially those with a good film score. The St Cecilia Orchestra is delighted to welcome him back as soloist . Tickets are available from 01765 677413, The Little Ripon Bookshop or at the door on the night. Concessions available.