I hope you all had a good summer, despite some unfavourable weather. Thank you to all the Friends who replied to my request to let me know if you were still interested in the Chichester Symphony Orchestra. It's good to know that so many people are interested in the orchestra. From the players' perspective, last season turned out to be a veritable feast of great orchestral music. From Sibelius' great 5th, Dvorak's wonderful 8th and Schumann's poignant 4th Symphonies, through La Fille mal Gardée ballet suite and Grieg's Symphonic Dances to Borodin's Polovtsian Dances and Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, plus a variety of other great music, we rode a wave of masterpieces. The season culminated in the orchestra playing the final concert of the Festival of Chichester, in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Chichester, and of course our President, Patricia Routledge and our Patron, Charles Harrison. The audience was our largest for some time, and there was standing room only in Chichester University Chapel to hear Sam Brown's mesmerising performance of Rodrigo's Concierto de Arunjuez.
This coming season will be no less exciting. We start off with Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2 in the popular Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime concert series (get your seat early as it tends to be very crowded.)
We were invited by Emsworth Baptist Church to play for a concert to mark the inauguration of their brand new church building. If you have not seen it, it will be well worth coming to the concert just to see the wonderful space they have build. We look forward to seeing many of you in Emsworth on 28th November. The concert will contain some lighter music, including Percy Grainger's Handel in the Strand.
Next spring, we will be back in our usual venue of St Paul's Church, Chichester, in a wonderful romantic concert of Rossini, Bizet and Mendelssohn, to raise funds for their organ. Your presence will be greatly appreciated by the two venues, as the larger the audience, the greater their funds will be swelled
The summer 2016 concert will also be at St Paul's Church and will feature Brahms' Tragic Overture, Hummel's Trumpet Concerto and Beethoven's Symphony No.5, with our usual refreshments in the garden if the weather permits.