Stephen Threlfall conductor Molin Han violin Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra
Britten Four Sea Interludes Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 Elgar 'Enigma' Variations
‘To my friends pictured within’ – Elgar’s dedication to the fourteen friends and family members who inspired each variation of his most beloved work. The first performance by Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra in the School’s golden jubilee year, it’s a fitting work with which to mark fifty years of friendship and musical excellence.
Britten’s atmospheric Four Sea Interludes lead us from the emptiness of dawn to a raging storm. After their eloquent drama, 18-year-old violinist Molin Han performs Sibelius’ only concerto, a work known for its virtuosic demands and the beauty of its Nordic, melodic core.
Elgar’s 'Enigma' Variations open with a palindromic, haunting theme which transforms across fourteen deeply personal sketches, forming both a celebration of friendship and a complete musical masterpiece. Now firmly embedded within the core orchestral repertoire, the Variations – and especially the ninth, 'Nimrod' – have come to symbolise the courage, honour and even chivalry of Edwardian England and its role on the world.