Series 5 – The Genius of Youth – 2012

2012-08-05 20.28.56With the success of the previous four series of 31 concerts behind them, the Trustees of the Walbrook Music Trust were enthusiastic about presenting their fifth series in the Olympic year of 2012, in celebration of the ‘Genius of Youth’. The Handel Collection, London’s most exciting young orchestra, led by the highly talented Russian, Irina Pakkenen.  These talented musicians will showcase the achievements of George Frederick Handel and other leading composers who demonstrated their musical genius even when they were starting out on their road to greatness.

Works by Handel were again remain the centrepiece of this concert series. Handel spent his formative years in Italy, notably in Rome, Turin and Milan. His major compositions for the patrons he served were Cantatas for solo voices and orchestra, and the series will see the return of many of the outstanding young singers whom our audiences have praised in their performances in his anthems over the past four years, in repertoire which is only now beginning to attract the attention it deserves – together with his justly famous ‘Dixit Dominus’, probably his earliest masterpiece for full choir.

Alongside these gems, the Handel Collection presented other early works by Masters on whom Handel exercised a decisive influence, allowing the orchestra’s string section to develop the sparkling sonority which has delighted its growing audience. Mendelssohn’s early String Symphonies and key works by Benjamin Britten will be featured, as well as treasures by Handel’s European contemporaries (including Vivaldi, Corelli and Telemann) and by later composers of this, his adopted country (Elgar and Vaughan Williams).

True to the mission of the Walbrook Music Trust, these ambitious concerts remained free to all comers, so that we can continue to develop and extend the audience for excellent music at lunchtime in the City.  The past four seasons have shown that the audiences respond to these free concerts through their generosity in the retiring collection after the concert.  The concerts were held in the magnificent surroundings of Wren’s own parish church, the site of his first dome and one of the architectural marvels of the capital city.

Concert 1 – 21st February

  • Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for two Violins in A
  • Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings
  • George Frederick Handel Spande Ancor
  • Georg Philipp Telemann Oboe Concerto in F Minor
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams Charterhouse Suite

Irina Pakkanen and Mark Derudder (Violins), Michael Burke (Baritone), Rhuti Carr (Oboe)

Concert 2 – 20th March

  • Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G
  • George Frederick Handel Gloria in Excelsis
  • Benjamin Britten Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge

Rhuti Carr (Oboe), Andrew Watson (Bassoon), Jamesena Tait (Soprano)

Concert 3 – 17th April

  • Johann Baptist Vanhal Double Bass Concerto in D
  • George Frederick Handel Ero e Leandro
  • Felix Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 10 in B Minor

Vitan Ivanov (Double Bass), Greg Tassell (Tenor)

Concert 4 – 15th May

  • Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in D Minor
  • George Frederick Handel Amarilli Vezzosa
  • Thomas Arne Organ Concerto No. 6 in Bb

Denise Leigh (Soprano), David Allsopp (Alto), Joe Sentence (Organ)

Concert 5 – 19th June

 

  • George Frederick Handel Overture to A Crudel nel Pranto
  • Felix Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 2 in D
  • Thomas Arne Organ Concerto No. 2 in G
  • Benjamin Britten Les Illuminations

David Apprahamian Liddle (Organ), Shuna Scott Sendall (Soprano)

Concert 6 – 17th July
  • Georg Philipp Telemann Concerto in F for 3 Violins
  • Gordon Carr Oboe Concerto World Premiere Performance
  • George Frederick Handel Dixit Dominus

Irina Pakkanen, Mark Derudder and Tetsuumi Nagata (Violins), Rhuti Carr (Oboe), The Rodolfus Choir