Children conducting Jurassic World
March of the Lions GSO full orchestra
Marcel Zidani and Chuen-An Chern playing Hermiones on piano with GSO
Jacob Barns plays The Swan
GSO’s Gloucester Guildhall children’s concert was another resounding success under the baton of our amazing musical director Glyn Oxley.
Soloists Marcel Zidani and Chuen-An Chern (pianists), Gordon Bailey (double bass) and Jacob Barns (cello) were sensational and our narrator Richard Atkins, from BBC Radio Gloucestershire, was extremely entertaining.
NB Our next children’s concert is at Cheltenham Town Hall on Sunday December 18th at 3pm. Don’t miss it!
There was a moment to reflect on the Paris massacre before Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra concert at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday night (November 14). A prayer was said before the sombre sounds of Wagner’s Funeral March was played, leading to the highlight of the evening – a superb performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto by Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year Rebecca McNaught. Conductor Glyn Oxley and leader Marie Roberts guided GSO to the magnificent finale with Mahler’s Symphony No 1. The concert, attended by an audience of 300 including the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and Mayor and Mayoress of Gloucester, marked the formal launch of the new season’s Young Musician of the Year. Visit the Young Musician section of the website to enter.
The capacity audience heard the première of his Piano Concerto No 1 superbly performed by soloist Mark Tanner with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra and Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra combining forces under Glyn Oxley’s baton.
A second world première was also performed by fellow Cheltenham composer Vic Carnall, whose concert trust put on the Grand Gala Charity event. Soloist John Stillman played Vic’s Cheltone Rhapsody.
With local composers still to the fore, the second half saw Gustav Holst’s The Planet Suite given a rousing reception by the audience – with an exceptional performance in Neptune from members of the Cheltenham Bach Choir conducted by Tim Morris.
Generous concert-goers gave a total of £1,685 to the retiring collection which is being split between the Gloucester Academy of Music’s bursary fund to make music accessible to all and Murray’s Muscles – a charity supporting those with muscular dystrophy.