2019/2020 Season

Saturday 12 October 2019

7.30 pm

St Thomas' Church

St Thomas Road

Brentwood

Essex CM14 4DF

Conductor Bradley Winand

Violin Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones

Cello Veronica Henderson

Beethoven Coriolan Overture

Brahms Concerto for Violin & Cello

Beethoven Symphony No 3 (Eroica)

Beethoven's take on two military and political leaders, the Roman Coriolanus and Napoleon, frame this concert. The Brahms concerto is much more personal: a gift of reconciliation for his great friend the violinist Joseph Joachim from whom he had been estranged. After her wonderful performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto in February we are delighted to welcome back Krassimira Jeliazkova-Jones as violin soloist together with cellist Veronica Henderson for the alternately dramatic and tender concerto for violin and cello.

The concert ends with Beethoven's powerful Eroica symphony, a work that despite its familiarity nowadays was startlingly innovative for its time. In a survey of 151 conductors in 2016 by BBC Music Magazine, this symphony was named as the greatest symphony of all time.

Saturday 8 February 2020

7.30 pm

St Thomas's Church

St Thomas Road

Brentwood

Essex CM14 4DF

Conductor Florian Cooper

Cello Alex Lockyer

Sibelius Spring Song

Haydn Cello Concerto in C

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

We are delighted to welcome the young local cellist Alex Lockyer as soloist in Haydn's effervescent concerto. The great cellist Steven Isserlis has written "I have probably played Haydn's C major concerto more than any other concerto; but each time I do I'm still so delighted by Haydn's joy, his freshness, his mastery and perfection. And the jokes still make me laugh."

The other main work is Rachmaninov's final orchestral work, his Symphonic Dances. A great orchestral showpiece it is packed with with Russian melodies and lush harmonies. We are all looking forward to playing it.

There will be a 20 minute interval. We expect the concert to end at about 9.20 pm.

Tickets bought in advance are £10 for adults and £1 for under 18s. Tickets bought at the door are £12 for adults and £1 for under 18s. Tickets are available (without booking fee) for payment in cash from The Shenfield Wine Company, 86 Hutton Road, Shenfield CM15 8NB. Online booking (with booking fee) is also open at wegottickets. Online booking closes at 6pm on the day before the concert.

There will be free car parking at the Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School just down the road from the church in Queens' Road.

Saturday 16 May 2020 THIS CONCERT IS CANCELLED.

7.30 pm

St Thomas's Church

St Thomas Road

Brentwood

Essex CM14 4DF

We hope to reschedule this concert in 2021 but will have to wait and see.

David Pickthall MBE returns to conduct another concert of favourite film music:

Star Wars Suite

Raiders of the Lost Ark

49th Parallel

James Bond: You Only Live Twice

The Godfather

Ladies in Lavender

The Magnificent Seven

The Jungle Book

Cinema Paradiso

International Man of Mystery

North by Northwest

The Simpsons

Tickets bought in advance are £10 for adults and £1 for under 18s. Tickets bought at the door are £12 for adults and £1 for under 18s. Tickets are available (without booking fee) for payment in cash from The Shenfield Wine Company, 86 Hutton Road, Shenfield CM15 8NB.

Online booking (with booking fee) is also open at wegottickets. Online booking closes at 6pm on the day before the concert.

There will be a licensed bar.

There will be free car parking at the Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School just down the road from the church in Queens' Road.

Afternoon Classics

with members of the BPO THIS CONCERT IS CANCELLED.

Saturday 13 June 2020

3.00 pm (Please note the start time)

St Thomas's Church

St Thomas Road

Brentwood

Essex CM14 4DF

Following the success of last year's afternoon concert John Hawkins will conduct a one hour concert of popular classics with tea and cakes afterwards.

Sullivan Overture to Iolanthe

Gabrielli Sonata Pian e Forte

Grieg March of the Trolls from the Lyric Suite

Mendelssohn Gondola Song

Bizet A Carmen Suite: Prelude & Aragonaise, Intermezzo, The Toreadors

Delibes Prelude & Mazurka from Coppelia

Debussy Clair de Lune

Rossini Galop from William Tell

Tickets 8 are £8 for adults and £1 for under 18s. Tickets will shortly be available (without booking fee) for payment in cash from The Shenfield Wine Company, 86 Hutton Road, Shenfield CM15 8NB.

Online booking (with booking fee) is open at wegottickets. Online booking closes at 6pm on the day before the concert.

There will be free car parking at the Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School just down the road from the church in Queens' Road.