THE BBC Philharmonic returns this month as a guest orchestra of the Kirklees Concert Season bringing with them a repertoire of real romance.
“They’ve become a tremendous fixed part of the season,” said Dougie Scaife, concerts director for Opera North who manage the season.
“They really enjoy coming to Huddersfield.
“This time they are bringing with them the Russian pianist Alexandra Soumm who is a member of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.”
The concert, which is at Huddersfield Town Hall on October 20, will be conducted by the young American conductor Jonathan Schiffman, who has previously worked with the French National Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the Copenhagen Philharmonic.
It will feature works by Mozart, Sibelius and Brahms offering a full-blooded evening of atmospheric performance.
The prelude to the evening is Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor.
“This is so not a little piece,” said Dougie.
It is really full on Mozart. What he was able to write at the age of 17 is extraordinary.
“It’s a very dramatic way to start the evening’s programme, it’s stormy and dramatic” said Dougie.
That should set the tone perfectly for what is to follow, the Violin Concerto by the Finnish composer, Sibelius.
Again, expect atmosphere and an emotionally charged piece.
It will be played by Alexandra Soumm who was born in Moscow and started to learn the violin with her father at the age of five. She gave her first concert two years later in the Ukraine.
Alexandra trained at the Vienna Conservatory and the Graz University of Music. She won the Grand Prize of the Vienna Conservatory Competition which led to an invitation to perform at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Alexandra was then selected by the Beracasa Foundation to perform at the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, now her home town.
Alexandra won First Prize in the 2004 Eurovision Competition for young musicians in Lucerne and was subsequently awarded the Herbert von Karajan Scholarship of the Karajan Centrum in Vienna.
In recent years, she has played with orchestras across the world. Since joining BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme at the beginning of the 2010-11 season, Alexandra has worked with most of the BBC ensembles.
The concert will conclude in style with Brahms’ final symphony, Symphony No. 4 in E minor.
Written in 1885, the Symphony crowned Brahm’s symphonic career, underlining his ability to meld classical structures and form with the rich expressiveness of the romantic period.
There will be a pre-concert discussion at 6.40pm. Tickets are £7.50 to £23.50 (plus concessions) from Kirklees Booking Offices, ticket hotline 01484 223200 / 01484 222444 / 01924 324501 or book online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls.