Evening Concert | Summer Festival 2019

Friday 21 June 2019 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm)
The Parish Church, Old Glossop


Matthew Sharp cello | Sergio Castelló López clarinet | Claire Surman soprano | Christopher George conductor | Morven Bryce leader | Glossop Festival Orchestra

Warlock Capriol Suite | Barber Sure on This Shining Night Op. 13 No. 3 (Claire Surman, soprano) | Barber Adagio for Strings | Copland Clarinet Concerto (Sergio Castelló López, clarinet) | Britten Simple Symphony Op. 4 | Elgar Sospiri Op. 70 | Piazzolla Le Grand Tango (Matthew Sharp, cello)

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‘Virtuoso of the Arts’, cellist Matthew Sharp is joined by the Hallé’s Principal Clarinet Sergio Castelló López and soprano Claire Surman for a programme of American and British music.  

Following Peter Warlock’s Capriol Dances, a set of six pieces from the early 20th century based on Thoinot Arbeau’s manual of Renaissance dances, soprano Claire Surman sings Samuel Barber’s Sure on This Shining Night, based on an untitled lyric from James Agee’s first published collection of poems, Permit Me Voyage. This is followed by arguably Barber’s most well-known work, his sublime Adagio for Strings. The first half closes with Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, commissioned by renowned jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman and performed here by Sergio Castelló López and the Glossop Festival Orchestra. 

The second half opens with an early Benjamin Britten work, his Simple Symphony, before we play Elgar’s spine-tingling Sospiri, with its soaring, shimmering strings.  

To close the concert, the unsurpassable cellist Matthew Sharp joins the orchestra to play Astor Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango. Written in 1982, the piece expresses the spirit of nuevo tango (“new tango”), a melding of traditional tango rhythms and jazz-inspired syncopation, and is an utterly perfect vehicle for Matthew to display his passionate and charismatic skills. 

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