12 June 2021, 8pm: Major over Minor

  • Guest Conductor: Simon Over
  • Guest Soloist: Martyn Jackson (Violin)

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  • Felix Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no. 7 in A major, Op.92

For the first concert of 2021, the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra are delighted to perform an exciting and vibrant programme under the guest baton of Simon Over. Simon is Music Director of Southbank Sinfonia, which he co-founded in 2002. This orchestra of young professional musicians has strong connections with Guernsey and many of its alumni have played with the GSO.

He is currently Director of Music at the Central Church of the RAF in London, having studied at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, Royal Academy of Music and Oxford University. For ten years he was a member of the music staff of Westminster Abbey and , Director of Music in the Palace of Westminster and is the Founder-Conductor of the Parliament Choir. As a pianist and a conductor, Simon has toured all over the world and has performed with many internationally-acclaimed artists, including Sir Thomas Allen, Sir James Galway, Dame Emma Kirkby, Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Willard White and Dame Edna Everage.

To begin this exiting programme, the GSO welcome British violinist Martyn Jackson to Guernsey to perform what is considered one of the greatest concertos of all time, the violin concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn. Jackson has toured all over the world and has been described as a truly sensitive musician, a player of great intensity, impassioned playing and utterly compelling. Legendary violinist Ida Haendel described him as one of the most exceptionally gifted violinists she has ever encountered.

To conclude the concert, the GSO will perform Beethoven’s seventh symphony composed between 1811 and 1812 while he was improving his health in the Bohemian spa town of Teplice. At the symphony premier, Beethoven was noted as remarking that it was one of his best works so it is a concert not to be missed!