Charity no. 1090184
President: Alan Pegrum


Saturday 20 May 2017
7.30 pm
Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, Queens' Road, Brentwood CM14 4EX

From Impressionism to Mysticism. We welcome back David Todd to conduct an exciting programme of impressionist and mystical masterpieces from the late 19th and early 20th century. Starting with Debussy's impressionist Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, with its flute solos symbolising the awakening of the faun's sensuality (written for the great dancer Nijinsky), we move to Hungary in 1908 for Bartók's Portrait No 1 for violin and orchestra. Subtitled "Perfection", it was an early work, written when he was influenced by Debussy, and dedicated to a young violinist with whom Bartók was desperately in love. English Impressionism from the same year follows with Delius's atmospheric Brigg Fair before we move on a decade to Gustav Holst and his interest in astrology and mysticism and his much-loved suite The Planets. 

We are delighted that we shall be joined in the final movement of The Planets by the Brentwood Ursuline Chamber Choir.
Debussy        Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Bartók           Portrait No 1 "Perfection"
Delius            Brigg Fair
Holst             The Planets

Conductor         David Todd
Leader              Charles Clark 

Tickets are £12 on the night (£6 for those aged 18 and under) or £10 (and £6 for those aged 18 or under) if bought in advance (booking fee payable).  Online booking is now open at wegottickets.  Online booking closes at 6pm on the day before the concert. 

Tickets are also available (without booking fee) for payment in cash from 
Crown Street Café, Crown Street, Brentwood CM14 4BA and 
The Shenfield Wine Company, 86 Hutton Road, Shenfield CM15 8NB

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The Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) brings together professional musicians and experienced amateurs from the Brentwood area and further afield to perform four concerts a year in and around Brentwood, Essex.
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The BPO rehearses twice a week for a month before each concert: Sundays 2.30 - 5.00 pm and Tuesdays 7.45 - 9.45 pm at Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, Queens’ Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4EX.  With busy schedules, we recognise that not everyone can make every rehearsal. Two of the rehearsals are usually for strings only.


The BPO's annual subscription for players for the 2016-17 season is £60 with single concert subscriptions of £20 per concert (with concessions half price). For UK tax payers, subscriptions are eligible for GiftAid.  New players do not pay for their first concert with the BPO. If you would like to play in the BPO (no audition required), please contact us.


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