Mendelssohn & more

Round & About

Langtree Sinfonia’s autumn concert takes place on Saturday, 17th November, in St Thomas’s Church in Goring

The evening will start with the Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage overture by Mendelssohn. Inspired by two poems by Goethe, they also inspired Beethoven to write a cantata. It was the fourth of Mendelssohn’s seven overtures, and was written before his better-known Hebrides overture. Also in the programme, conducted by Paul Cox,will be Tchaikovsky’s homage to Mozart, the Suite No 4, sub-titled Mozartiana. Written as a tribute to Mozart, a composer whom Tchaikovsky adored, it uses Mozart’s own themes, as well as that of a contemporary of Mozart, to create a work designed to popularise Mozart’s lesser-known works, which it may well do here. Rounding off the programme will be Mozart’s Symphony No 38, in D Major, known as the Prague Symphony. First performed in Prague in January 1787, the finale quotes from his opera, The Marriage of Figaro, which was extremely popular in Prague at the time.

Langtree Sinfonia orchestra began as a music class in adult education in 1971 and went on to establish itself as an independent. When the orchestra celebrated its 40th anniversary the orchestra combined with local choirs to perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

They have been on tour to Goring’s twin town, Belleme, in Northern France playing Poulenc, Mozart and Beethoven and works played in other concerts include Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto and Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony. Tickets £10/£5/under 16s free; buy on the door or call 0118 9415498.