Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ludlow Orchestra

Saturday 28 April 2018 at 7:30pm

St Laurence, Ludlow

Ludlow Orchestra

Joelene Griffith: soprano
Chloe Pardoë: mezzo-soprano
William Branston: tenor
Derek Henderson: bass
Ludlow Choral Society
Claire Tocknell: leader
Thomas Payne: conductor

Ludlow Orchestra are delighted to be reuniting with Ludlow Choral Society in St Laurence's Church for a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 'Choral'. Ludlow Orchestra, in fact, originally came into being in 1970, as a string orchestra to accompany the choir but collaborations have been few and far between since then.

What better reason to join forces, than for this concert of Beethoven's last complete symphony, considered by some to be the central work of Western classical music? It is a magnificent and complex piece, particularly remarkable for its inclusion of choir and solo voices in the final movement. Beethoven's use of Friedrich Schiller's poem 'Ode to Joy' sets the tone for the triumphant, glorious finale, a feast of recitative, choral and orchestral variations, a military march and one of the most famous tunes in history. First performed in 1824, Beethoven may well have intended this as an ode to freedom in response to the repressive atmosphere of contemporary Europe.


Tickets, £15 (u16 free) from Ludlow Assembly Rooms Box Office, online HERE or at the door

Ludlow Orchestra

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