As we enter into term time in St Andrews, preparations are underway for the start of rehearsals. The Symphony Orchestra rehearses once a week for two to three hours, generally with two added intensive all-day weekend sessions each term. Auditions for new and returning players commence next week.
Under Thomas, who is now going into his third year of conducting the orchestra, we’ve taken to spending the first semester working on music from the classical-romantic repertoire, while spending the second semester on a more modern programme. With our second semester concert on 21 April 2011 representing the final of the composition competition, of course, this structure will be preserved this year.
Readers may be interested in what we’re playing during our first semester. We’ve got two concerts planned.
Fri 3 Dec 2010, 1.15pm, Younger Hall St Andrews
Beethoven Overture, Creatures of Prometheus
Sibelius Scene with Cranes
Mozart Horn Concerto No.3 in E flat major (Jethro Dowell, Solo Horn)
Thu 9 Dec 2010, 7.30pm, Younger Hall St Andrews
Brahms Tragic Overture
Mahler Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Annabel Phillips, Mezzo-Soprano)
Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F
We’re yet to announce the pieces that will be performed alongside shortlisted entries at the final of the competition, but you’ll be the first to know when we do.