Monday, 10 November 2014

Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal Benjamin Britten "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" Narrated by Alistair Ganley with additional words and music composed by Alfie Pugh Thursday 6 November 2014 Full Concert will include Laura van der Heijden playing Edward Elgar's 'Cello Concerto Saturday 22 November 2014

Alistair Ganley narrates
Benjamin Britten "Young Person's Guide"
Marion Wood conducts
Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra

Alistair Ganley: Narrator

Laura van der Heijden:
'Cello Soloist:
Elgar 'Cello Concerto

EMG Symphony Orchestra
7:30pm, Saturday 22nd November 2014
Great Hall, Exeter University

On Saturday 22nd November, EMG Symphony Orchestra returns to the Great Hall at Exeter University with an exciting (but accessible) programme of English music.  EMG Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to welcome BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012, Laura van der Heijden as the soloist in Elgar’s intimate, melancholic, emotional Cello Concerto, a conversation between solo cello and orchestra, written in the aftermath of the First World War.  Laura van der Heijden is a rising star and this is an exciting opportunity to hear a young cellist whose playing has been described by Radio 3’s Nicholas Daniel as “a completely extraordinary performance of incredible creative intensity…”

EMG Symphony Orchestra is also delighted to welcome Alistair Ganley, Artistic Director of Exeter’s Cygnet Theatre, as the narrator in Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.  Drawing further on local talent, the programme also features new work from young composer and musician Alfie Pugh.  The concert opens with Dame Ethel Smyth’s exhilarating Overture to her Cornish-based opera The Wreckers.

The concert is in aid of Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF), a local charity which supports everyone from 16 years old, who are referred to the Haematology Centre at the RD&E Hospital or the North Devon Hospital.  ELF has a programme of community support services, which aim to make things easier during what is often a difficult and challenging time, such as accommodation and assistance with transport, as well as providing support services within hospitals.

Tickets for this concert cost £15, £12, £10 and £8
(£6, £5 and £4 for students and under-16s)
and are available from Exeter Tourist Information,
Dix’s Field, Exeter, 01392 665885
(9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday – Saturday)
or online from

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Leader: Clare Smith
First Desk: Jackie Baldwin
Piccolo: Robert Stevenson
Flute: Catherine Clements
Oboe: Kate Osbourne
Marion Wood directs
Alistair Ganley in
her own script for

new composition by Alfie Pugh
back to Britten: Violins
Double Basses: Pete Canter & Jim Rintoul
Jazz Duo
French Horns
Trevor Ives
Trumpets: Brian Moore & Tony Hindley
Tuba: Rob O'Dowd
Castanets: Zoe Fitzsimmons
Xylophone: Alfie Pugh
Cymbals: Zoe Fitzsimmons
Star Attraction
Harp: Jenny Campbell
Joining in for the evening
Exeter University Choral Society Chairman
Maria Yiting Liu
Triangle: Hannah Willson
EMG Photographer: Nigel Cheffers-Heard
captures Rob Stevenson's piccolo solo
('proper photos' coming soon)
Bassoon: Prue Tasman
Jenny Campbell masters the harp
With a little help from Zoe Fitzsimmons
Clarinets: John Walthew & Richard de la Rue
Trombones & Tuba
Charles Dowell & Rob O'Dowd
Brian Moore, Emma Bettany, Tony Hindley, John Bowden
Oboes & Cor Anglais
And finally . . .

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