NSO is back! An enthusiastic audience of over three hundred assembled for NSO's first concert of the 21/22 season on Saturday 6th November. It marked the Orchestra's much anticipated return to the concert platform following pandemic cancellations. The night featured three popular favourites from the classical repertoire and a new work by Orchestra member Sarah Brialey. Opening the night was Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, a "boisterous" concoction of student drinking songs, followed by Brialey's Music of the Heinzelmannchen, a piece inspired by the myth of gnome-like creatures who are said to have done all the work of the citizens of Cologne during the night. Finishing the first half Nottingham virtuoso Matt Glendening gave a dazzling and lyrical performance of the Weber Clarinet Concerto No 1. The second half featured a single work, Dvorak's tuneful and uplifting Symphony No.8, chock-full of melodies from the folk music of Bohemia. A perfect programme for the Orchestra's first concert since lockdown way back in March 2020. Keep watching this space and our social media channels for details of our concerts in March and July next year.
Lockdown Recording Over the last few months members of the Orchestra having been at home recording individual parts of Elgar's Nimrod, from his Enigma Variations. Committee member Nick Gibson, assisted by Sarah Brialey, has put the recordings together and you can listen to the result. Click here for a taste of lockdown NSO. Enjoy!
Happier Times Cast your mind back to 7th March 2020, and NSO's last concert before lockdown. The evening began with the folk inspired Midvinter by Stenhammer, followed by a mesmerising performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto given by Beate Toyka. In the second half we had the mighty Sibelius 5th Symphony. A great night... and to remind you of that happy occasion here are a couple of clips...
Midvinter - Stenhammer
Piano Concerto in A minor - Grieg
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