Saturday June 29th 2024 – Queens College, Taunton 7.30pm

Brahms – Serenade no 1 op 11 1st movement
Stanford – Piano Concerto no 2 (soloist Duncan Honeybourne)
Beethoven – Symphony no 7












Join us for the glorious summer concert which will delight you with some stunningly beautiful music played by our talented orchestra.

Johannes Brahms wrote two Serenades – both in 1858. At this concert we will just be getting a taster of the 1st Serenade as we will only be hearing the first movement, but what a delightful little treat it is.

The 2nd Piano Concerto of Charles Villiers Stanford is an exquisite work with sophisticated haunting melodies, but threaded through with aggressive, powerful and jubilant virtuosity. There is also a touch of a pleasant ramble through the English countryside in the alluring second movement before we move into the brilliant final movement, that pays a rollicking homage to the Ireland of Stanford’s birth.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No 7 is boisterous, intense, energetic and tuneful. It is a truly popular piece with an extraordinary sense of invention. Some critics thought that it showed that “Beethoven was ready for the madhouse”, but we are sure that you will be uplifted by its joy and vigour.



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For more information about what is happening in the Taunton and Somerset area click on the link for the latest edition of Musical Shairs   May 2024 Final.pdf