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French horn player Ben Goldscheider, described by Voix des Arts as a ‘young man with a timeless gift’, will appear as guest soloist with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra at their 27th November concert.
Ben is a former concerto finalist in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year and in the weeks leading up to his Island visit will perform in Amsterdam, Vienna and Budapest. Ben has embarked on what is sure to be a glittering career and most recently was nominated by the Barbican as an ECHO rising star.
Ruth Gipps’ Horn Concerto was composed in 1968 and deserves to be much better known. It is colourful, lyrical and brilliantly written for both the soloist and orchestra.
Gipps was a pupil of Vaughan-Williams and worked as a composer, conductor, lecturer and critic. A tireless champion of young musicians, she founded the London Repertoire Orchestra in 1950 as an ensemble in which players could develop their talents further.
Opening the concert is Arnold Bax’s symphonic poem ‘Tintagel’. Composed between 1917 and 1919, the work was inspired by a visit to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall.
This wonderful music suggests dramatic seascapes and mystery but also the turbulent inner world of the composer.
Gustav Mahler’s magnificent Fifth Symphony dominates the second half. Mahler felt that ‘a symphony should be like the world’ and the piece is written on a large scale, employing an extended orchestra.
The emotional landscape is vast too, from the opening Funeral March to the tender Adagietto, Mahler’s love letter to Alma Schindler.
The evening begins at 7.15pm on 27th November at Medina Theatre and, as at all its concerts this year, the orchestra is delighted to be supporting Ability Dogs 4 Young People.
Tickets are available from the Medina Theatre box office.