Spend a Sunday afternoon at a classical orchestra concert near you!

By Roger Mundy, Orchestra Manager for the Southwark Sinfonietta and Sinfonietta viola player

WHAT: Chamber Orchestra Concert, Herne Hill Music Festival finale event
WHEN: Sun. 16th October, 3:45-5:30pm
WHERE: St Faith's Church, Red Post Hill SE24 9JQ

Our finale work for Herne Hill Music Festival 2016 is a performance of classical masterpieces. The programme includes what is perhaps Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most famous and popular symphony, number 40 in G minor. The programme kicks off with symphony number 44 by Mozart’s friend and mentor Franz Joseph Haydn, framing the central work, Mozart’s piano concerto number 17. All these pieces are tuneful and attractive, perfect for afternoon listening for the whole family. For this one afternoon let's transport ourselves from South London back to Old Vienna, a city on which Mozart and Haydn both left their marks!

These pieces come from a pivotal period in the history of music. Joseph Haydn virtually created the orchestral symphony. His symphony number 44 is full of dramatic contrasts and good humour. Mozart’s piano concerto number 17 has an abundance of melody and operatic interplay between soloist and orchestra. Mozart’s penultimate symphony number 40 is perhaps his most well known. We enjoy playing it and expect that you will enjoy listening to it.

The Southwark Sinfonietta was formed by Michael Brooks and Matthew Redfearn in 2005 from a varied group of local musicians. The orchestra is similar in size to those which composers from Bach to Schubert wrote for. We're composed of talented local musicians. From a variety of backgrounds we come together three times a year to perform in local venues. We have the satisfaction of playing great music well and enjoy sharing that with our audience. 

The featured piano soloist is Nadia Lasserson. Nadia studied at the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Manns Memorial Prize. In addition to extensive performances of concertos, lieder and chamber music, she has a wide experience of teaching including in the Dulwich area. You may be a former pupil of hers – come and say hello. Nadia is an experienced performer with a wide repertoire of Concertos and Chamber Music and has played in the Purcell Rooms,  Music Clubs and Festivals in Great Britain and abroad, having made her debut in the Festival Hall at the age of sixteen. As well as running a private teaching practice in South London she is currently on the teaching staff of Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music Junior Departments. She was Head of Keyboard and Chamber Music at James Allens Girls’ School, Dulwich, for 15 years, where she coached over 80 girls each week in various ensembles. 

Conductor Rupert Bond also has a long association with this area. Rupert is a conductor, composer and educator with an amazing host of experience in leading professional orchestras and groups as well as amateur groups and choirs. Having completed a B.Mus at London University he pursued his conducting studies at the Royal Academy of Music.  He has enjoyed considerable success as a conductor, creating compelling and lively performances of musical integrity with groups from small chamber ensembles to 100-player symphony orchestras. He believes passionately in the importance of sharing music with others, particularly the young - both performer and listener alike - and adheres passionately to Gustav Mahler’s belief that “In each performance a work must be reborn”.  I’ve worked with Rupert to organise this concert.

What is good about this orchestra is that we have a talented group of players that are enthusiastic about playing the music chosen, under Rupert’s expert direction. That translates into a quality performance that the audience will enjoy. 

The venue is St Faith’s Church on Red Post Hill. If you don’t already know it, this is a great local resource. The modern church has excellent acoustics, and the adjacent St Faith’s Centre is used for a variety of events and functions. There is a large outside garden area. The church is organising refreshments to be available after the concert, giving you an opportunity to relax and socialise.

Our proposition for our audience is that we are offering attractive and accessible music for a Sunday afternoon. And for any GCSE music students, this is an opportunity to hear a set work live, and we would like to invite you to attend the orchestral rehearsal at 2pm before the concert.  School pupils can attend the concert for £5. This option is not available online but will be offered at the door.

Don’t miss this event, you will enjoy it. Booking details can be found at the Festival website hernehillfestival.org or more specifically http://www.hernehillfestival.org/programme/124-Chamber+Orchestra+Concert