Stretton Theatre and Concert Group
At long last there is hope on the horizon...
Friday 8th October 2021 at 7.30pm
Victoria Hall, Stoke, welcomes the BBC Philharmonic, who will play:
Vivaldi – Four Seasons
Bartok – Romanian Dances
Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings
Vivaldi's Four Seasons gives a wonderful musical expression to each season and is the best known of all Vivaldi's works. Soloist Jennifer Pike will tease out all the colour and nuances of these pieces.
Bartok's dances are based on folk tunes from Transylvania, whilst the Serenade for Strings is amongst Tchaikovsky's most heartfelt and graceful pieces.
Wednesday 3rd November 2021 at 2.15pm
The CBSO presents a selection of music by Mozart, Beethoven and the Mendelssohn siblings:
Mozart – Magic Flute: Overture
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 1
Fanny Mendelssohn – Overture in C Major No 1
Felix Mendelssohn – Symphony No 4 (Italian)
Conductor: Marta Gardolińska
Piano: Benjamin Grosvenor
When Felix Mendelssohn came to Birmingham in 1837, we welcomed him like an international superstar and he is still a Birmingham favourite. His joyous Italian symphony will be like summer sunshine on a November day; but genius runs in the family: so today, as well as Beethoven’s exuberant youthful concerto (played by Benjamin Grosvenor), Marta Gardolińska conducts the only orchestral work by Felix’s sister Fanny. It’s a gem.
Saturday 6th November
Please note that the performance of By the Waters of Liverpool (Malvern Theatre) has been cancelled by the touring company.
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky’s soaring score and the 60-strong Royal Ballet Sinfonia take centre stage in this unique production that brings the orchestra out from the pit and onto a platform raised above the stage.
And, of course, in front of all of this we see Birmingham Royal Ballet’s company of world-class dancers as they beautifully tell this most nostalgic of stories, taking Clara on the ultimate Christmas journey through a fantastical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes to the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Thursday 9th December, 2021 at 7.30pm
The CBSO presents a "New Worlds" concert:
Sibelius – Finlandia
Dove – In Exile (CBSO Centenary Commission: UK Premiere)
Dvořák – Symphony No 9 (New World)
Conductor: Gergely Madaras
Baritone: Sir Simon Keenlyside
Cello: Raphael Wallfisch
Grand passions, glorious tunes: Sibelius’s Finlandia and Dvořák’s New World are two classics that just never get old (even if the Hovis advert was nearly 50 years ago now!) But tonight, we’re creating new memories too, with the UK premiere of In Exile by Jonathan Dove: a heartfelt musical journey for two great British soloists, written specially for the CBSO by one of our most communicative – and brilliant – living composers.
Thursday 20th January 2022
The Festival Theatre, Malvern, presents The Dresser, starring Julian Clary and Matthew Kelly.
Inspired by memories of working as Donald Wolfit’s dresser as a young man, Ronald Harwood’s evocative, affectionate and hilarious portrait of backstage life is one of the most acclaimed dramas of modern theatre.
It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an ageing actor manager, known to his loyal acting company as ‘Sir’, is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his two hundred and twenty seventh performance of King Lear.
It is down to Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser, to ensure that in spite of everything, the show goes on. For sixteen years Norman has been there to fix Sir’s wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene.
Norman will be played by Julian Clary one of the UK’s most unique and best loved entertainers.
Playing ‘Sir’ will be Matthew Kelly, winner of an Olivier Award for Of Mice and Men and who has presented TV shows such as Game for a Laugh.
“Riotously funny” – Express
“A hugely entertaining evening, rich in comic moments” – Sunday Times