SATURDAY 24TH JUNE 2017 | 8.00PM | St. James

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Guest Soloist: Callum Smart

Guest Conductor: Christopher Adey


Erich Korngold
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (Soloist: Callum Smart)

Sergei Rachmaninov
Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 44

The Guernsey Symphony Orchestra is delighted to welcome for the second time Callum Smart as guest soloist in the Korngold Violin Concerto.

Callum first played with the orchestra in 2014, in a virtuosic performance of Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto. He had earlier come to wide public attention at the age of thirteen, having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition and in the same year going on to become the top European prize-winner at the Menuhin Competition.

Christopher Adey started his musical career, also as a violinist, working under Sir John Barbirolli at the Hallé. Since his appointment as Associate Conductor at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1973-1976 he has pursued a successful freelance career on the international stage.

Korngold, an exile to California in 1934 from the rise of anti-Semitism in Vienna, is well known for Hollywood film scores such as The Prince and the Pauper. The justly admired Violin Concerto, with its beguiling solo lines and lush orchestration, was given its premiere by Heifetz in 1947. Its long overdue revival in popularity reminds us of just how much was lost to the concert hall through its composer's uprooting from his homeland by the Nazis.

Rachmaninov, also an exile in America from his native Russia, imbued his 3rd Symphony with his trademark ability to create and mould beautiful melodic lines. It is a natural companion for the Korngold concerto. Both composers were steeped in the great tradition of 19th Century Romanticism, and both had the individual sparks of genius needed to remodel that tradition for the 20th Century.


The 2017 series of concerts is kindly sponsored by Credit Suisse (Channel Islands) Limited
The Orchestra would like to thank Credit Suisse for their generous and continued support since 1992.


18 NOVEMBER 2017

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