and some of our principalsfrom the orchestra: John Chillingworth, Steve Lock and Rob
RobRogersstudiedoboe at the Royal Academyof Music. He has a degree in Music from Durham University anda Master’s Degreein Composition. Rob travelled theworldplaying in various South American orchestras; this was followed by sevenyears in South Africa.
Robnowplays in manyEast Anglian orchestras and ensembles.His ‘Band of Oboes’
released a jazzoboe CD called ‘First Impression’. This groupplays Rob’s jazz and funky
pieces with fouroboes, a bassoon, piano, guitar, bass and drums.
Steve Lock comes from a bassoon playingfamily -both hisfather andhis sister play the
instrument. Aftera rigorousmusical training as a chorister atChristChurch Cathedral
Oxford, Steve continued his bassoon studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Although Steve is in demand asa freelance bassoonist,heis alsoa craftsman with an
obsession for tools and materials.He runs a woodwind repair workshop, caring for the
instruments ofsome of the country’s topbassoonists.
Philippa Bartonstudied at the Royal College of Music with DonaLee Croft andTrevor
Williams.For several years she played with theBournemouth SymphonyOrchestra.Asa
freelance violinistPhilippa leads severalensembles such as the Kings Chamber Orchestra,
EssexSymphony Orchestra and the Cityof Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.She also
playswith professional orchestras including English TouringOpera, the London Mozart
Players and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. As a soloistPhilippa has performed many
John Chillingworth began his professional career asthe cellist(forseven years)of the
Guadagnini StringQuartet, for two yearshe wasAssistant Principal Cellist ofthe BBC
Philharmonic Orchestra, and then, for twenty-five years wasPrincipal Cellist ofEnglish
NationalOpera.John is nowa freelance cellist. He alsoconductsthe Lexden Choral Society, Sudbury Choral Society,the newlyformed Essex Youth Choirand Southend
Symphony Orchestra.John isa Fellowof theRoyal College of Organists.
Afterthe 1792premiereofHaydn’s Sinfonia Concertante in Bb, theLondon Morning
Herald wrote‘Anew concertante fromHaydn combined with all the excellencies of
music;itwasprofound,airy, affectingand original’.
Our concert starts withSchubert’s Overture in the Italian Style in D.Schubert wrote two
overtures in the ItalianStyle followinga musical wagerby his friends.Having attended a
performance of Rossini’s opera ‘Tancredi’, Schubert’s friends had praised Rossini’s
overture.Schubert declared he wouldhave no difficultywritingovertureslike thisand
his friends bet him a glass ofgood wine towrite such an overture.In a veryshorttime
Schubert had written the two overtures!
Beethoven’s FourthSymphonywas probably composed during1806whilst Beethoven
was stayingat the country estate of his patron, Prince Lichnowsky.The very lively last
movement captivatesthe spirit of Haydn. Listen out for the ending ofthismovement
when the main theme isplayed at half speed as though the musicis about tocollapse -
suddenlythe fullorchestra bringsthe musicto a close.