Vaughan Williams: Overture to “The Wasps”
Walton: Violin Concerto. Soloist Charles Mutter
Holst: The Planets  

Conducted by Neil Mantle

We close our season as we began it, with the music of our native composers, including Gustav Holst’s ever popular suite of seven movements for large orchestra, organ and female chorus. This virtuosic work especially cries out to be experienced live, as it happens!
Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams were close friends, so it is entirely appropriate that we pair them together by including the latter’s brilliant overture to “The Wasps” – a splendid curtain raiser.
Charles Mutter, leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, is a long standing friend of the orchestra, having collaborated with us in concertos of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and most recently Elgar in 2021, and we are always delighted to make music with him, while our loyal patrons will need no encouragement to come and hear him in Walton’s bittersweet Violin Concerto.