VIENNESE CHRISTMAS by Candlelight - Sat 29 Dec, Manchester
Touring their ever-popular festive programme, London Concertante travel the length and breadth of the country presenting treats from across Europe to get you in the mood for mulled wine, mince pies, and baubles.
Strauss - Tales from the Vienna Woods
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite
Strauss - Trisch-trasch polka
Tchaikovsky - Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty”
Strauss - Blue Danube Waltz
The UK based chamber orchestra, London Concertante, regularly perform up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. Regularly selling out venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral, the ensemble performs in some of the most prestigious venues around Britain and abroad, with recent tours taking them to USA, Finland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Spain and France. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble is continually regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since their founding in 1991.
London Concertante, Britain’s finest and most active chamber ensemble, return to Manchester Cathedral during their 2018 Christmas UK tour with a programme of Viennese treats! Kicking off the concert with Johann Strauss II’s fantastical waltz, Tales from the Vienna Woods, the ensemble take their inspiration on this festive evening directly from the 19th century dance hall! In a whirl of styles, Tchaikovsky’s elegant Nutcracker Suite leads on from Brahms’ serious Hungarian Dance No.5, before Strauss II introduces us to the boundless exuberance of the Polish March in his Trisch-Trasch Polka. In the concert’s penultimate work Tchaikovsky transports the evening to the magical halls of snowy Tsarist Russia with a regal waltz from his ballet Sleeping Beauty. The evening reaches its climax with the famous Blue Danube Waltz, not only proving the crowning jewel of a fabulous night’s worth of music, but the coronation of Johann Strauss II as the master of the Viennese waltz!
If you don’t consider yourself ‘in the know’ about Mozart, Beethoven, or Bach, fear not, this is the orchestra for you. The London Concertante boasts an impressive audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers! The London Concertante has its audience laughing at jokes, gasping at virtuosity, moved by gorgeous string playing, and leaving with a smile on their faces.
“A new experience for me … atmospheric and emotionally powerful. I would happily do this again!”
– A happy audience member (January 2018)
“the most stunning and talented ensemble…enthralled and delighted”
– A happy audience member (November 2017)
“First-class musicians … The muscle in each individual’s playing gave such a punch to Tchaikovsky’s writing”
– Sunday Express
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