59TH SEASON FEATURES A SIR, A BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN WINNER, ITS FIRST FEMALE CONDUCTOR AND A HOST OF SUPERHEROES
DETAILS OF SEASON OPENING CONCERT:
Date: Monday 13th October 2014
Venue: St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
RACHMANINOV The Isle of the Dead
DEBUSSY La Mer
LUTOSLAWSKI Symphony No.3
Conductor: Russell Keable
Kensington Symphony Orchestra, one of the UK’s leading non-professional orchestras, returns for a spectacular 2014/2015 season that will include a guest appearance by Sir John Tomlinson (in honour of the orchestra’s founder, Leslie Head), a performance by this year’s BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Martin James Bartlett and a concert conducted by the orchestra’s first female conductor, Alice Farnham.
The opening concert falls clearly into two halves: in the first half water is evoked with Rachmaninov’s ‘Isle of the Dead’ opening the season followed by a depiction of the tumultuous sea in Debussy’s 'La Mer'. Living up to KSO’s reputation for performing challenging and unusual repertoire, the concert concludes with Lutoslawski’s ground-breaking Symphony No.3, a 20th century symphonic masterpiece that challenges old-fashioned models of harmony and melody.
This is just the first concert in what promises to be a thrilling season for Kensington Symphony Orchestra. In November the orchestra will be joined by the great English bass, Sir John Tomlinson, for a concert in memory of Leslie Head, the orchestra’s founder and former principal conductor. Head had supported Tomlinson early on in his career. Although running for almost 60 years, KSO has only ever had two principal conductors: Leslie Head and the current incumbent, Russell Keable.
Further treats from the coming season include an evening in January of Heroes and Villains at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, to include the first performance of the music by David Arnold from the much acclaimed BBC series, Sherlock. March’s concert will see two female firsts with Alice Farnham conducting a programme that begins with a work by Charlotte Bray, to be followed by a performance from Martin James Bartlett and the original version of Prokofiev’s Symphony No.7.
Stravinsky, Beethoven and an all-French programme complete the season, which will lead into the orchestra’s 60th season in 2015/2016.