VaCO Easter Concert - supported by the Cathedral Concert Society - Monday 02 April 2018 19:30

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VaCO Easter Concert - supported by the Cathedral Concert Society
Monday 02 April 2018 19:30
St John's Church, Sharow

VaCO Easter Concert - supported by the Cathedral Concert Society


Some hidden gems by Czech composers

Bohuslav Martinü
- Nonet No.2 H374 (1959) for violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and french horn

Jan Novák – Balleti a 9 (1955) for violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and french horn

And other delights from the repertoire for string quartets and wind quintets – challenging to play and wonderful to listen to

The VaCO Concerts

Please note. The Concert Society is providing promotional support to VaCO. Tickets costing £10 (free if under 16) can only be obtained by going to the VaCO web site, by phone from Jane Lomax 07974 698264 or at the door.

The regular VACO concerts bring together some of the most gifted string and wind players who are in their final Master year at Music College about to embark on becoming professional musicians. Thus, the standard of playing is very high, enabling them to tackle a range of challenging works for large ensembles, quintets and quartets.

The concert will be taking place over Easter at The Nash in Hawes (Thursday 29 March), Octagon Theatre in Grassington (Friday 30 March), St Gregory’s Church at Bedale (Saturday 31 March) , and St Andrews Church, Aysgarth ( Sunday 1 April) before coming to St John’s Church in Sharow on Monday 2 April.

The concert will feature works by two 20th century Czech composers, Martinü and Novák, who both wrote works for a nine-instrument ensemble.

Martinů, who was born in 1899, Martinů was a prolific composer who wrote almost 400 pieces, including 6 symphonies, 15 operas, 14 ballet scores and a large body of orchestral scores, vocal and instrumental works. In 1923 Martinů left Czechoslovakia for Paris, and deliberately withdrew from the Romantic style in which he had been trained. In the 1930s he experimented with expressionism and constructivism, and became an admirer of current European technical developments,

Jan Novák, born in 1921 was a great admirer and studied under Martinü, adopting a free use of tonality and clear structures. His creative invention, and omnipresent humour and wit, reflect his positive and humanistic view of the world, and in his pure melodic lines one can see perhaps also the Bohemian origin of this great European. His extensive work is now becoming accessible, thanks in part to the support of the Czech Republic after the political changes in 1989.

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