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Carl Nielsen

Carl Nielsen

7.30pm, Monday 03 July 2017
St John's Smith Square

Conductor: Russell Keable

Nielsen
An Imaginary Journey to the Faroe Islands
Arnold
Rinaldo and Armida
Nielsen
Symphony No. 6

Written to coincide with the Danish composer’s 60th birthday celebrations in 1925, the riotous, gripping Symphony No.6, “Sinfonia semplice” is Carl Nielsen’s final and, despite its title, most challenging symphony, moving from march to waltz to fanfare with boldness and bitter comic irony.

The concert, conducted by music director Russell Keable, opens with Nielsen’s 1927 overture An Imaginary Journey to the Faroe Islands, which was commissioned by the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen and uses Faroese melodies in its depiction of a sea crossing, followed by a rare performance of Malcolm Arnold’s 1954 score for the magical yet tragic one-act ballet Rinaldo and Armida.

Rehearsal schedule

1 June 2017, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Pimlico Academy
8 June 2017, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Pimlico Academy
15 June 2017, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Netley Primary School (strings), Pimlico Academy (woodwind) (sectional)
22 June 2017, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Pimlico Academy
29 June 2017, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Pimlico Academy
2 July 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm, The Grey Coat Hospital School Sports Hall
3 July 2017, 5.30pm-6.40pm, St John's Smith Square