Russia's dramatic landscapes and spirited traditions have inspired and influenced some of the most passionate patriotic music ever composed; with music helping to define the struggles, ideals and joy of its proud population, at the very heart of the Nation's identity.
The celebrated Cathedral Brass and Ferio Percussion of Wells Cathedral School, conducted by the inspirational Wells Head of Brass, Paul Denegri, will be performing a stunning programme - Wild Russia - to champion the grandeur and emotional depth of this great nation, this March at the superb Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-upon-Avon.
The exciting and dramatic programme will include Rimsky Korsakov’s Cortege, the spectacular fifth movement from Rimsky-Korsakov’s suite from the opera-ballet Mlada; Britten’s impassioned Russian Funeral Music; and Mussorgsky’s challenging Pictures at an Exhibition.
One of Mussorgsky’s most celebrated works, Pictures at an Exhibition depicts in music ten watercolours by the artist Viktor Hartmann. The music represents a tour of an imaginary art gallery, with promenade music leading the listener between vivid character pieces which capture the spirit of the artworks.
This demanding piece will be performed by an accomplished young duo hailing from the South West: talented trumpeter Iona Bird, soloist at this year’s Brass Promenade Concert and guest performer at the Minehead and Exmoor Festival Young Artist Recital earlier in the year; and percussionist Kizzy Brookes, currently Percussion Principal in the National Youth Orchestra. Both musicians toured Malaysia as part of the Brass and Percussion Tour last summer and are looking forward to taking up coveted place at top music colleges this autumn.
Amongst the brass musicians is also gifted french horn player, Lizzi Tocknell, one of the brass finalists at this year’s BBC Young Musician competition, and a soloist at the recent Wells Gala Recital. Lizzi, who will be touring Hong Kong with the school’s Senior Wind Quintet at Easter, has also been put forward for The Associated Board Scholarship and will be performing as principal horn with the orchestra in the Symphonic Journey Concerts. Wild Russia will take place at the Wiltshire Music Centre on Friday 24th February.
For tickets, contact the Wiltshire Music Centre Box Office: 01225 860100; www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk