We’ve lined up a fantastic season to celebrate 90 years of music making in Petersfield! This season marks a significant milestone for Petersfield Orchestra. It’s 90 years since we were formally established by the late, great Kathleen Merritt, now happily commemorated by a street in the town. It is also a year of transition, after we bade a fond farewell to Robin Browning – only our fourth conductor in all that time. But it is business as usual for the players, and hopefully for you, our loyal audiences.
To entice you back, we’re reviving some old favourites and welcoming some familiar faces as soloists. Schumann’s exhilarating Fourth Symphony in the winter concert, and Tchaikovsky’s equally magical Fifth in the summer, should be enough to fill the Festival Hall on their own! Our Festival concert in March has several pieces we have done in the past but not recently: a bouncy Schubert Overture and a popular French dance Suite, alongside Delius’s magical evocation of Spring – let’s hope the gesture is not premature!
Concerto-wise, there is something for everyone. For Beethoven’s great masterpiece, Anca Campanie joins us in November: a sensitive and elegant performer, she also invests much time and passion into music education in Hampshire. Richard Steggall has a busy solo career across the UK, as well as performing in London with top orchestras, and he has family links to Petersfield. Those with long memories may recall his peerless playing for us of a Strauss Horn Concerto several years ago now. In June, for Rachmaninov’s sparkling Paganini Rhapsody, we welcome another familiar face, pianist Valentina Seferinova, who performed with us back in 2011, and will appear again in our 90th birthday concert.
Also this season, we’re also delighted to welcome three guest conductors, Mark Biggins, Christopher Braime and Nicholas Bromilow, who will be inspiring our performances and leading us towards a bright future. With this varied and exciting programme, we hope we’ll see you at every concert! See Concerts for details.