What is going on in the Chichester Symphony Orchestra





Dear Friends of CSO

I would like to extend a warm welcome to you all for a happy and prosperous 2013.

This Newsletter is brought to you by CSO Leader and Chairman Mark Hartt-Palmer. Why? Sadly, Jacqui Clarke has decided  to resign as Friends’ coordinator, due to lack of time. She is an incredibly busy lady; as you may remember from your  last Newsletter (Autumn 2012) she had a wonderful holiday in Italy, and I’m sure she has other musical trips abroad planned. She is also very active in her local film club. Jacqui has done a wonderful job for us, and I’m sure you will join me in saying a big ‘thank you’ to her for her loyalty and enthusiasm over the years. In the meantime, we are currently in the process of recruiting a new coordinator, so watch this space for further news on this!
2012 has been an eventful year for the CSO’s Leader and Conductor. I have not been able to play the violin very much at all since the Festivities concert back in July, due to a torn muscle on my left elbow. This was operated on last September, and now I am able to gradually build up my playing again. I'll be back leading the CSO for part of the Gala Spring Concert later this month, I’m happy to say. Michael Walsh has also been ‘in the wars,’ and was unable to conduct the orchestra’s Cathedral Lunchtime Concert. I am very happy to say that he is now back on the rostrum, and conducted our last concert conducting the Mendelssohn and Mozart in our next concert. I shall conduct the Beethoven concerto.

Our last concert was on Saturday 23rd February 2013 at 7.30pm, and was a resounding success held in Chichester Cathedral.

 The programme was:-

 Mendelssohn: Overture “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4

Mozart: Symphony No.41 “Jupiter”

Our soloist is Yasmin Rowe, who began piano lessons with her mother at the age 4. She won her first major prize at the age of 10, where she was presented with the title of Arun Young Musician of the Year. Since then, she has won several  piano competitions and has given many piano concerto performances. Yasmin has an extensive touring record, extending across Europe, Australasia, North and South Americas. She regularly performs around the UK, and has even performed at St James’ Palace for Princess Anne! She recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with first class honours. We are privileged to have this wonderful local musician working with us.

If you missed it make sure you book for our next concert which includes
Nicolai: Overture "The Mery Wives of Windsor"
Dvorak: Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Schubert: Symphony No.9 "Great

And is scheduled for 13th July at 7.30

Outside of orchestral life, activities have been as busy as always. One of the highlights musically occurred last August, when myself and close friend John Balsdon (husband of our second bassoonist Mandy) went to Gloucester to record the organist Keith John (who has previously recorded for Priory Records and Hyperion Records) in Gloucester Cathedral. The resulting CD, entitled ‘Trans Europe Experience,’ will be released very shortly. It is a journey exploring organ music of the 20th century around Europe, rather like a train journey. Holland, Italy, France, the UK, Denmark and Switzerland are the ‘train stops.’ The CD includes Carl Nielsen’s mighty Commotio, a virtuosic tour de force that is rarely recorded. It is Keith’s first recording for the new label Willowhayne Records, and has already attracted considerable attention even before release. One critic has already raved about the release, saying  “superbly imaginative use of the organ and a truly satisfying programme of familiar and unfamiliar works. Suits the organ and player perfectly!
What a wonderful experience to record such a fine musician. John and I have worked with Keith throughout the whole project – initial concept, recording, editing and production. The recording will be available on our own label Willowhayne Records. People will also be able to buy the CD ‘online’ as a download in various formats, including ‘high resolution,’ which  is gaining in popularity with the birth of hi-fi streamers that are being produced alongside the traditional CD players.
Finally, if you do come along to our concert on July 13th, please come and say ‘hello!’ I would love to get to know some of our friends and supporters that I haven’t yet met.

Best wishes

Mark Hartt-Palmer

Chairman / Leader, Chichester Symphony Orchestra