Club Visits to Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Simon Payton, Treasurer and Membership Secretary, writes:

For the 2016-17 season we shall again offer five coach trips from Malvern to Symphony Hall – three afternoon CBSO concerts and two evening concerts, one by the CBSO and one from Symphony Hall’s own programme.

Commandery Coaches will provide the transport from Priory Road Car Park, Malvern, to the door of Symphony Hall, with pick-up/set-down at Newland, Powick and Whittington roundabout (the latter near M5 J7), according to demand. Note that there are only 50 seats (one busload) for each concert and bookings are taken on a first come – first served basis.

For afternoon concerts we leave Malvern at, and for evening concerts we leave at 4.30 pm: this allows time for pre-concert refreshments and attendance at the free pre-concert talks or performance. Departure times may vary according to the progress of roadworks on the Worcester By-Pass and the M5.

The concerts and prices are given below. All are priced at £35 except for the last one which will be £36. Note that in all cases there is a £2 supplement for non-members of Malvern Concert Club. Prices include seat and transport, and a £1 programme discount voucher for CBSO concerts. Booking forms, including departure times and prices will be issued two-three months ahead of each date.

For Terms and Conditions, please download MCC coach trips T&C Final.pdf.

Tuesday 17 January 2017 7.30 pm – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No 1
  • Elgar: Cello Concerto (soloist Truls Mørk – This superb Bergen-born cellist is recognised as one of the finest in the world.)
  • Walton: Symphony 1

Conductor: Edward Gardner – the CBSO’s Principal Guest Conductor succeeded Andrew Litton as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Phil in 2015.

For this evening concert, we have 50 seats in rows D to G of the Stalls.

Thursday 2 February 2017 2.15pm – CBSO

  • Haydn: Symphony 31
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto 27 (soloist: Francesco Piemontesi – having heard the Swiss pianist twice in Birmingham 2015-16, I highly recommend him)
  • Beethoven: Symphony 5

Conductor: Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla – our first opportunity to hear the CBSO’s new Music Director in a programme that reflects her musical tastes.

At 1pm Michael Seal will conduct the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra in Ravel’s Daphnis & Chloé Suites 1 & 2 (free entry).

We have 50 seats in the front three rows of the circle sides (on both left and right).

Thursday 6 April 2017 2.15pm – CBSO to be confirmed

  • Weinberg: The Golden Key: Suite 4 (UK premiere)
  • Copland: Clarinet Concerto (soloist: Oliver Janes – the CBSO’s Principal Clarinet, whose
    grandfather played clarinet in the CBSO)
  • Rachmaninov: Symphony 3

Conductor: Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla

Pre-Concert Talk at 1pm: CBSO Chief Executive Stephen Maddock in conversation with the Music Director, Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla

Seating as for 2 February

Wednesday 24 May 2017 2.15pm – CBSO

  • Mozart: Symphony 31
  • Dvorák: Cello Concerto (soloist Daniel Müller-Schott – the German cellist studied with Schiff and Isserlis and has made some very fine recordings – another one of the best.)
  • Schumann: Symphony 1

Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno – we heard the Spanish conductor (a former assistant to Claudio Abbado) in November, 2014.

Seating as for 2 February

Thursday 8 June 2017 7.30pm – CBSO

  • Sibelius: King Christian II: Suite
  • Schumann: Konzertstück for Four Horns (soloists: four horns from the CBSO Horn Section – Elspeth Dutch, Mark Philips, Michael Kidd; Jeremy Bushell)
  • Schubert: Symphony 8 (Unfinished)
  • Sibelius: Symphony 7

Conductor: Nicholas Collon – The British conductor appeared four times with the CBSO in 2015-16, with growing confidence.

Pre Concert Talk: CBSO violinist Catherine Arlidge (who received a MBE this year for her inspirational educational work in particular) will talk to two of her horn soloist colleagues about playing the Schumann piece.)

For this evening concert we have seats in the first three rows of the centre of the Upper Circle at £36 including transport.

I do hope you will find something of interest in this selection of concerts and will be able to support us.