The Northern Chamber Orchestra’s second concert of its Stoller Hall season features young talent Julian Bliss, described as one of the world’s finest clarinetists and acclaimed by critics across the globe. A chamber musician, concerto soloist and jazz artist (in the Julian Bliss Sextet and Septet), he is also an inspirational masterclass leader and guest lecturer, so perfect for Chetham’s School of Music. This programme features four pieces, opening with British composer Malcolm Arnold’s rather jolly Sinfonietta No. 1, Op. 48, followed by Weber’s second Clarinet Concerto in Eb major, Op. 74. The interval is followed by two revolutionary works: Suk’s Meditation on the old Czech chorale Good King Wenceslas, Op. 35a, written at the outbreak of the First World War to ignite Czech Nationalist sentiments, and the tenth of Haydn’s twelve “London Symphonies”, Symphony No. 102 in Bb major, Hob I/102, whose premiere in 1795 became known as a miracle event after a chandelier crashed from the ceiling, missing the audience, who had apparently rushed the stage.
Fri 26 Oct, The Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1DA, Tel: 0333 130 0967, 7.30pm, £5.45-27.25, www.ncorch.co.uk
Published on: Thu 25 Oct 2018