IT IS a concert which offers all the drama and emotion you would expect from a tribute to Robert Scott’s epic journey to the South Pole which began 100 years ago.
Opera North has made this concert, which celebrates Scott’s extraordinary quest and the achievements made on it, one of the lynch-pins of its orchestral season.
They will bring it to Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday, February 12 and are again staging the performance at 4pm making this accessible to many.
“It is the 100th anniversary of Scott getting to the Pole,” said Dougie Scarfe, Opera North’s Chorus, Orchestra and Concerts Director.
“This is the concert that I wanted to do. It’s very close to my heart. “When we planned the season, I was convinced that there would be a huge thing around the anniversary marking the whole scientific side of what they did.”
The centrepiece of the concert is a performance of Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antartica, composed using themes he had originally written for the 1948 film Scott of the Antarctic.
“If you listen to the music it is so obviously influenced by the music he created for the film,” said Dougie.
The Sinfonia Antartica will be performed in a dramatised version retaining much of the remarkable colour and drama of the original score.
The performance is accompanied by a specially commissioned film using original images from Scott’s expedition. It will also feature the Huddersfield University Choir and live narration by Geoffrey Dolton.
The concert combines music, images and words to retell the story of the heroic and ultimately fatal expedition and create a peerless celebration of Scott’s legacy.
The performance will be conducted by Opera North’s much praised Music Director, Richard Farnes.
“You really feel this music within the context of the drama of the story and when Scott says ‘Great God! this is an awful place’ you feel wrung out at that moment,” said Dougie.
The orchestra will also play Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad: Rhapsody and Grieg’s Piano Concerto, for which the piano soloist will be Danny Driver.
“Bringing together Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antartica in the centenary year of Scott’s polar journey, with film including imagery from the original expedition, promises to be a truly unmissable concert event,” said Dougie.
“Always filmic in scope, and heightened by the famous extremes of the expedition’s fatal end, the emotional depth of this piece of music will be brought to vivid life, both through the film’s powerful images and readings taken from Scott’s diaries.”
The concert starts at 4pm and there is a Talking Music session at 3.10pm.
Tickets from Kirklees Booking Offices, ticket hotline 01484 223200 / 01484 222444 / 01924 324501 or book online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls.