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Saturday, 21st May 2022: Haydn, Beethoven & Schubert

Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style in D

Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in Bb for oboe, bassoon, violin and ‘cello

Soloists : Rob Rogers, Steve Lock, Phillipa Barton and John Chillingworth

Beethoven: Symphony no 4 in Bb

Tickets are £15. Under 25s free.

For this concert, please purchase tickets at the door.


A sinfonia concertante may be described as a cross between a symphony and an

instrumental concerto with multiple soloists. Our soloists are our leader Philippa Barton

and some of our principals from the orchestra: John Chillingworth, Steve Lock and Rob

Rogers.

Rob Rogers studied oboe at the Royal Academy of Music. He has a degree in Music from Durham University and a Master’s Degree in Composition. Rob travelled the world playing in various South American orchestras; this was followed by seven years in South Africa.

Rob now plays in many East Anglian orchestras and ensembles. His ‘Band of Oboes

released a jazz oboe CD called ‘First Impression’. This group plays Rob’s jazz and funky

pieces with four oboes, a bassoon, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

Steve Lock comes from a bassoon playing family - both his father and his sister play the

instrument. After a rigorous musical training as a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral

Oxford, Steve continued his bassoon studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Although Steve is in demand as a freelance bassoonist, he is also a craftsman with an

obsession for tools and materials. He runs a woodwind repair workshop, caring for the

instruments of some of the country’s top bassoonists.

Philippa Barton studied at the Royal College of Music with Dona Lee Croft and Trevor

Williams. For several years she played with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. As a

freelance violinist Philippa leads several ensembles such as the Kings Chamber Orchestra,

Essex Symphony Orchestra and the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. She also

plays with professional orchestras including English Touring Opera, the London Mozart

Players and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist Philippa has performed many

violin concerti.

John Chillingworth began his professional career as the cellist (for seven years) of the

Guadagnini String Quartet, for two years he was Assistant Principal Cellist of the BBC

Philharmonic Orchestra, and then, for twenty-five years was Principal Cellist of English

National Opera. John is now a freelance cellist. He also conducts the Lexden Choral Society, Sudbury Choral Society, the newly formed Essex Youth Choir and Southend

Symphony Orchestra. John is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

After the 1792 premiere of Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante in Bb, the London Morning

Herald wrote ‘A new concertante from Haydn combined with all the excellencies of

music; it was profound, airy, affecting and original’.

Our concert starts with Schuberts Overture in the Italian Style in D. Schubert wrote two

overtures in the Italian Style following a musical wager by his friends. Having attended a

performance of Rossinis opera ‘Tancredi’, Schubert’s friends had praised Rossinis

overture. Schubert declared he would have no difficulty writing overtures like this and

his friends bet him a glass of good wine to write such an overture. In a very short time

Schubert had written the two overtures!

Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony was probably composed during 1806 whilst Beethoven

was staying at the country estate of his patron, Prince Lichnowsky. The very lively last

movement captivates the spirit of Haydn. Listen out for the ending of this movement

when the main theme is played at half speed as though the music is about to collapse -

suddenly the full orchestra brings the music to a close.