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Thaxted Festival: Opening Concert

  • Thaxted Church Thaxted, CM6 2PH UK (map)

The Brandenburg Sinfonia celebrate another year as resident orchestra for the Thaxted Festival by performing its opening concert. Under the baton of Robert Porter, the Sinfonia will create a beautiful and varied musical palette to set the scene for the Festival.

  • Holst Brook Green Suite
  • Holst Lyric Movement for Viola and Chamber Orchestra
  • Mozart Piano Concerto in B flat major, K595
  • Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony

See below for the links to purchase tickets.

And don't forget to hear to Thaxted early - as you may catch some of the players performing impromptu gigs across the village!

This concert is in association with Orchestras Live.

About the pieces: 

Out and about in Thaxted before a concert...

Out and about in Thaxted before a concert...

In Lyric Movement (a late work) Holst achieves a remarkable eloquence, with shifting harmonies, haunted half-lights and a soaring solo viola. Alongside his Brook Green Suite this will be a very fitting start to the Festival.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto K595 is generally thought to be his last, and one of his finest. Swedish pianist Martin Sturfält, who won the John Ogden prize in 2004, is the soloist.

The concert ends with Mendelssohn; after visiting the ruined chapel at Holyrood in 1829, he wrote in his journal  "I found today in that old chapel the beginning of my Scottish Symphony". here followed ten bars of manuscript, which did indeed become its opening melody.

Booking tickets:

Tickets are £27, £21, £16 (unreserved) and £14 (unreserved concessions), available directly from the Festival - see their booking page for further details and the booking form.

Earlier Event: May 15
Post-Festival Fringe Party!
Later Event: June 27
Thaxted Festival: Family Concert