SATURDAY 25TH MARCH 2017 | 8.00PM | St. James

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Guest Conductor: Roger Coull


Aram Khachaturian
Masquerade Suite

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'

For the first concert of the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra 2017 Credit Suisse Series, the orchestra is delighted to welcome guest conductor Roger Coull.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Roger Coull to be the guest conductor of the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, changing his role from his regular position of guest leader. He studied the violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London where chamber music was one of his great passions, and it was there that he formed the Coull Quartet. Roger's route into conducting came very much through the experienced eyes and ears of a performer.

To begin this exciting concert, the orchestra will perform Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite which was written in 1941 by the Soviet-Armenian composer. It is based on a play by Russian author Mikhail Lermontov and is an enchanting, lush and often mournful work of art.

Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad', written c. 1939–40, was initially dedicated to the life and deeds of Vladimir Lenin but instead Shostakovich decided to dedicate the symphony to the city of Leningrad on its completion in December 1941. The piece soon became very popular in both the Soviet Union and the West as a symbol of resistance to Nazi totalitarianism and militarism and the work remains one of Shostakovich's best-known compositions.


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.


24 JUNE 2017

Chris Adey will conduct the following programme:

Violin Concerto (Soloist: Callum Smart)

Symphony No. 3

18 NOVEMBER 2017

Save the date! Programme TBC