Next Concert

Saturday 21st May 2016, 7:30pm
Romsey Abbey

Conductor: John Traill
Violin: Alexandra Lomeiko

Smyth – The Wreckers overture
Butterworth – A Shropshire Lad: Rhapsody for Orchestra
Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
Elgar – Symphony no. 2

Alexandra Lomeiko’s performance is supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

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City of Southampton Orchestra invites you to join them for an evening of beautiful English music, in the ancient setting of Romsey Abbey.

Ethel Smyth was a pioneering female composer and suffragette. We will perform the exciting overture to her 1906 opera The Wreckers, depicting the wrecking of ships against a stormy Cornish coast. Her music surely deserves more recognition than it has received.

George Butterworth was a prodigious composing talent, and his orchestral rhapsody A Shrophire Lad (1911) shows his maturing pastoral style, with real orchestral beauty. Sadly, Butterworth died at the Somme in 1916 — we mark the centenary of his untimely death.

Ralph Vaughan Williams needs no introduction, as one of the most well-loved English composers of the twentieth century. The Lark Ascending (1921) is his most popular work, and we are delighted to welcome the talented violinist Alexandra Lomeiko to perform the famous solo.

In the second half, the orchestra will perform Edward Elgar’s Symphony no. 2. Premiered in 1911 and dedicated to Edward VII, it shows Elgar’s mastery of orchestral writing. Full of memorable tunes, including a “Spirit of Delight” opening theme, and an intensely moving slow movement, it promises to bring our concert to a stirring conclusion.

Alexandra Lomeiko’s performance is supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust.


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Romsey Abbey
SO51 8EN

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Romsey is well connected with the rest of England by road, rail and air. Southampton is seven miles away.

There are three public pay-and-display car parks in Romsey suitable for leisure visitors.