Rossini Overture to The Barber of Seville
Ponchielli Dance of the Hours
Debussy Petite Suite
The woodwind have their chance to shine in this programme of colourful music from around Europe with Rossini’s effervescent Overture to the Barber of Seville as the perfect opener.
The Italian theme is continued with Dance of the Hours, a ballet from Amilcare Ponchielli’s opera La Gioconda, made famous by its inclusion in Disney’s 1940 film Fantasia with dancing and duelling hippos and alligators taking centre stage.
Debussy’s dance-like Petite Suite beautifully translates from the original piano duet to scoring for wind quintet. The first two movements are based on poems by the 19th century poet Paul Verlaine, from his 1869 collection Fêtes galantes. The poems evoke the era of 18th-century aristocrats on country outings, romantic trysts and languid evenings.
Tea and home made cakes served at 4pm.
Tickets £15 (£13 for those on low incomes), available online from Eventbrite on the door. Under 18s free of charge.