The Ludlow Orchestra
Leader: Claire Tocknell
Conductor: Jonathan Lyness
Mezzo soprano: Rebecca Afonwy-Jones
Smetana: Overture ‘The Bartered Bride’
Sibelius: Swan of Tuonela, Op. 22, No. 2
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
This programme from the Ludlow Orchestra under its newly appointed conductor Jonathan Lyness explodes into life with Smetana’s scintillating overture to his most famous opera The Bartered Bride, and ends with another Czech masterpiece, Dvořák’s mighty seventh symphony, a work full of contrasts, from dark passion and fiery storm to celebration and triumph.
In between we get one of Jean Sibelius’s most popular works – his wonderfully atmospheric tone poem The Swan of Tuonela with its evocative cor anglais solo. And to complete the programme the orchestra are delighted to welcome the acclaimed Welsh mezzo soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones who travels from just across the border to sing Gustav Mahler’s hauntingly beautiful and uplifting song cycle ‘Songs of a Wayfarer’, the folksong-inspired story of a jilted young man in search of forgetfulness.
Tickets: £12 (under 19s free) from Ludlow Assembly Rooms, The Wool Shop, members of the orchestra or at the door
This event is held at St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow