Norfolk Symphony Orchestra is presenting works by three of the finest composers that have ever lived in their first concert of 2018. Works by Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelsohn are on the programme which will be performed at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Sunday 21st January at 3.30pm.
Beethoven’s Egmont overture will open the concert, a stirring piece that was born out of Beethoven’s fury that Napoleon decided to forsake his republican principles and crown himself Emperor. This is followed by Mozart’s famous Clarinet Concerto with soloist Victoria Soames- Samek. Considered to be the first great concerto written for the instrument, its slow movement is particularly famous and much requested on Classical Music radio channels. Written at the end of his life and performed for the first time just one month before his death it displays the whole range and agility of the clarinet including the instruments wonderful tone. Mozart’s writing is truly sublime.
Victoria Soames-Samek is a critically acclaimed international artist, and the NSO is very excited to share the stage with her. Combining breath-taking technicality and musical integrity she is driven by her commitment to musical excellence. She studied at The Purcell School and the Royal College of Music. As a Radio 3 artist Victoria has given live and studio broadcasts including the premiere recording of a bass clarinet concerto by Thea Musgrave with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk. She has subsequently recorded Thea Musgrave’s Autumn Sonata and Clarinet Concerto under the direction of the composer. As soloist she has performed concertos with orchestras including the City of London Sinfonia. Victoria has performed in the major concert halls in the UK including the South Bank Centre and Wigmore Hall as soloist and chamber musician; she has also toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, where she also gave masterclasses. Victoria’s recordings for her Clarinet & Saxophone Classics label include the world première recording of Copland’s Clarinet Sonata, voted ‘most sheerly seductive record of the year’ by The Sunday Times.
Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony will complete the concert. His first tour abroad in 1823 saw him and his friend Karl Klingemann visit Scotland instead of the usual France and Italy. It was here, then, that he was inspired to write the Scottish Symphony. He toured the wild and romantic Highlands and visited Holyrood, famous for being the place where Mary Queen of Scots fell in love with musician David Rizzio. The four movements are very thematic and glorious, and the finale is fast and warlike, strongly suggesting battle. The symphony ends in triumph with the French horns above the whole orchestra. It is a whirlwind of emotions for performer and listener.
Norfolk Symphony Orchestra is committed to producing music of the highest quality, performing varied and exciting programmes and the orchestra will once again be giving away 100 free tickets to under 18’s throughout this season. It is hugely encouraging for the orchestra to find that there are so many enthusiastic supporters for classical music amongst the young people of the county and we hope families will come along and enjoy this concert.