Our next concert:

Saturday 2nd July 2022 7.30pm

St. Peter's Church
90 Kensington Park Road
London W11 2PN

£10, no booking fee, children, 16 and under, free.

Violin Concerto No1 in G minor Op. 26
Soloist: Iain Gibbs
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A minor - The Scottish

The concert presents two masterpieces of Romantic music. The first is the first Violin concerto by Max Bruch (1838-1920). First performed in 1866 it has remained in the concert repertoire ever since, and is a favourite with soloists, orchestras and audiences. Almost forty years after the first performance, the famous violinist Joseph Joachim cited it as one of the four greatest German violin concertos, the others being those of Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn and called it the "richest, most seductive" of the four.

Mendelssohn's 3rd symphony, named "the Scottish", was begun during a youthful visit to Scotland which he made in 1829, during which he started writing the famous Hebrides overture. The symphony however was not completed until 12 years later in 1842, and was the last of his five symphonies. It is a large scale work full of vibrant colourful music. It makes some use of modes and rhythms frequently found in Scottish folk music, but no quotations from actual Scottish sources have been found.

We are delighted to welcome back Iain Gibbs as the soloist in the Bruch concerto. Iain completed his studies in 2016, graduating from the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Detlef Hahn. Iain was a member of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera from 2016 until May 2020. He has performed regularly with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, including the John Wilson Orchestra, Sinfonia of London, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. Iain has worked as a Guest Principal with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and he also regularly leads the Novello Orchestra and Orchestra Vitae. Iain has also performed at the BBC Proms, recorded for Seth McFarlane and performed with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at the Royal Albert Hall. In September 2017 Iain took up a violin teaching post at Eton College - a post he held for four years before moving to Norway.

Concerto performances include Beethoven and Sibelius with orchestras such as the Portobello Orchestra, Lewes Concert Orchestra and Havering Concert Orchestra. The Portobello Orchestra is very close to his heart, having been involved with the group since his student days!

Iain plays a 1928 William Hill violin, generously lent to him.

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