Peter Bassano - Conductor
Peter Bassano - Conductor

Saturday 14 November 2015, The Rochester Cathedral at 7.30pm

Mozart Don Giovanni Overture K.527
Brahms Schicksalslied ("Song of Destiny") Op.54
Beethoven Symphony No.9 in D Minor Op.125 ("The Choral")
Emily Garland Soprano
Katherine Aitken Mezzo-soprano
John Porter Tenor
Michael Mofidian Bass
Peter Bassano Conductor

Our season begins with an exciting collaboration between the CRSO and Rochester Choral Society. Mozart’s menacing Don Giovanni Overture, written the day before the premiere of the opera in 1787, begins the concert in dramatic fashion. Brahms’s moving Schicksalslied is a three-movement setting for a choir and orchestra of a well-known poem by Holderlin. The last symphony which Beethoven completed is an extraordinary peak in early 19th century musical thought. This is music that changes us; any performance of this masterpiece is a very special occasion. The massed forces of the CRSO, Rochester Choral Society, and four soloists, performing in the inspiring venue Rochester Cathedral, will make this a really memorable concert. Join us for this wonderful experience!


Saturday 27th February 2016, The Central Theatre at 7.30pm

Sibelius Finlandia Op.26
Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor Op.16
Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Sibelius Symphony No.5 in E Flat Major Op.82

Andrew Yiangou Piano
Peter Bassano Conductor

In our second concert the focus shifts to popular Nordic masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. Sibelius’s well-known Symphonic Poem Finlandia was written as an impassioned protest against Russian power in Finland. Pianist Andrew Yiangou is our soloist in Grieg’s exuberant Piano Concerto, which was premiered in Copenhagen in 1869 and has remained as one of the most popular concertos in the repertoire. Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten is a short canon written in 1977 as an elegy for the British composer Benjamin Britten. This hypnotic meditation on death is one of Part’s most-played works. Finally, we return to Sibelius for his magnificent 5th Symphony. One of the main musical ideas for the work was inspired by the flight of sixteen swans, which he described as “One of the great experiences of my life!”. This idea culminates in an ecstatic third movement that is one of the great experiences of early 20th century music.

Andrew Yiangou - Piano
Andrew Yiangou - Piano


Fenella Humphreys - Violinist
Fenella Humphreys - Violinist

Saturday 28th May 2016, The Central Theatre at 7.30pm

Rimsky-Korsakov Overture on Russian Themes Op.28
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Op.63
Amy Morgan Stranger Things have Happened WORLD PREMIERE
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 in B Minor ("The Pathétique") Op.74

Fenella Humphreys Violin
Peter Bassano Conductor

We are thrilled to welcome back the wonderful violinist Fenella Humphreys as soloist in Prokofiev’s beautiful Second Violin Concerto. This concerto is roughly contemporaneous with his ballet “Romeo and Juliet” and the delicate lyricism appears closely linked to the mood of the ballet. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Overture on Russian Themes from 1880 is a colourful work based on three well-known Russian melodies, familiar to audiences from such famous classical pieces as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. We include another World Premiere performance of a composition from our partners at the University of Kent; this is always an exciting event. Our season ends with Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, the “Pathetique”, written in 1893 and premiered shortly before the composer’s death. The work’s elegiac mood, culminating in a finale with a tragic intensity that was perhaps unmatched until the works of Mahler, will give us some very moving final few minutes to our 2015-2016 concert season in Chatham.



Summer 2016 Concert
Sunday 26th June 2016, The Woodville Halls, Gravesend at 6.30pm

Purcell Chaconne
Arnold Sea Shanties
Jacob Bride Viola Concerto WORLD PREMIERE
Beethoven Symphony No.2 in D Major Op.36

Gill Rutland Viola
Peter Bassano Conductor

The CRSO has been thrilled to give the first performance of four works in recent seasons, and is committed to supporting the music of living composers. Following the great success of Jacob Bride's Folk Rhapsody No.2 which the CRSO performed in November 2014, we are delighted to be giving the world premiere of his Viola Concerto, written specially for tonight's soloist, Gill Rutland.

Gill Rutland - Violist
Gill Rutland - Violist

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