FROM the first flick of the baton conductor Benjamin Ellin will begin to feel the excitement of a challenging piece of music.
Described as “pure adrenalin”, Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a series of musical masterpieces at Huddersfield Town Hall tomorrow evening.
And joining them will be a young musician well-known to Huddersfield audiences – and a composer who makes his first appearance in the UK to see SPO take on one of his own compositions, The Rite Of Spring.
Benjamin Ellin, musical director of SPO for four seasons, said: “This has to be one of the most ground-breaking pieces of music that has ever been written.
“It redefined what the orchestra could do and it uses a central rhythm and harmony never used before.
“For the orchestra it is a very challenging piece of music and when it was premiered most people said it was unplayable. But if you listen to Beethoven people would say that was unplayable.
“It should be exciting and at times it should be savage – it’s pure adrenalin.”
The piece of music Benjamin refers to marks the third instalment of the orchestra’s discovery of the colourful Stravinsky ballet trilogy nicknamed ‘The Ballet Russes’.
The Rite Of Spring caused riots when it was premiered due to the visionary music, dramatic choreography and Pagan subject matter – that of the sacrificing of a young virgin to enable spring to return.
“Hopefully nobody will get hurt this Saturday,” Benjamin added. “But it will require everybody’s maximum effort to pull it off.
“If you like dramatic, exciting music, if you watch films and enjoy film music, if you want to hear an orchestra in one of the most exciting ways possible then this is the piece for you.”
But that’s not all SPO can guarantee – for joining them is Rebecca Robertson, a former Kirklees Young Musician of the Year.
Rebecca will perform the Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra, and will be watched by its Slovenian composer, Alojz Ajdica, who makes his first appearance in the UK flying in from Ljubljana especially for the performance.
“Having the composer attending could mean it’s more nerve-wracking, but Rebecca is doing some amazing things over in France so I’m sure he’ll be impressed with her,” Benjamin, himself a composer, added. “Sometimes composers hold a particular view of a piece of music and how it should be done; a bit like a chef with a recipe. Sometimes people take it and make it their own way and sometimes that is not what the composer intended, so it’s about striking the balance.”
Other pieces on the programme highlighting beauty and dance include Debussy, Bartok and Respighi.
Benjamin added: “We are delighted to be performing the music of UrošŠKrek (Rhapsodic Dance) and Alojz Ajdic (Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra) from Slovenia.
“It is rather serendipitous that we found out about this music, but that is the spirit of the SPO; always wanting a challenge.
“These two pieces fit wonderfully with the programme. Bright, exciting, colourful and full of warmth. We believe Ajdic will be with us for the concert which should be great.
“We are also having the wonderful young trumpeter Rebecca Robertson join us for his Rhapsody so it should be a tremendous coming together of efforts.”
Rebecca is popular among the music-lovers in Huddersfield.
She was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for four years and is also a former member of Kirklees Youth Symphony Orchestra.
In 2007 she was awarded the Rotary Club of Holmfirth Millennium Prize and in 2009 she won the coveted prize and title of Kirklees Young Musician of the Year.
A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Rebecca is now pursuing postgraduate studies under the renowned Thierry Caens at the Conservatoire Rayonnement Regional Jean Philippe Rameau de Dijon in France.
Rebecca plays regularly as a soloist and particularly enjoys playing piccolo trumpet.
See Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra, together with their guests, tomorrow, Saturday, April 21. A pre-concert talk takes place at 6.30pm with the conductor and performers.
Tickets are £15 to £7.50 available from Kirklees Box Offices on 01484 223 200.