G Live with Tasmin Little

Saturday, 7 March 2015 - 7:30pm

We are delighted that the Vivace Chorus has invited international violinist Tasmin Little to perform at GLive. Tasmin has an unbridled passion for music and music education and this is a great opportunity to see one of the UK’s best-known musicians in action.

Tasmin will be the star of the first half of this concert, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto - a work which suits her wonderful technical skill and musical interpretation. Alongside this work, you’ll hear the well-known Hebrides Overture – perhaps better known as Fingal’s Cave – and Mendelsshon’s choral piece Hear My Prayer, which contains the much loved O for the wings of a dove.
The second half of this concert expands on the theme of the sea. Delius’ Sea Drift is a beautiful piece for choir, set to the words of American poet Walt Whitman. An emotional journey, it tells the story of a boy who watches a pair of mocking birds as they nest. One day, the female bird flies away and never returns, and her mate, who cannot leave the nest in case she returns, pines for her and calls a sad song to the world around him.

Contrast this with the final work of the evening: A selection of sea songs for baritone and choir that revive traditional British music, this piece is full of wonderful tunes, exciting moments and brings the concert to a rousing close!

Programme:

Vivace Chorus, Brandenburg Sinfonia and Tasmin Little conducted by Jeremy Backhouse.

Treble soloist: Thomas Delgado-Little, baritone: Henry Neill.

Mendelssohn:

Hebrides Overture
Hear my Prayer
Violin Concerto

Delius: Sea Drift
Stanford: Songs of the Fleet

 

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Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today's leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall.

Review of G Live concert, 7th March 2015

From the first few notes of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides overture, it became apparent that we were in for an evening of meticulously crafted music making on Saturday night, the Brandenburg Sinfonia responding with immediacy and elegance to Jeremy Backhouse’s expert conducting. They were later joined by the star of the evening, the violinist Tasmin Little, in a scintillating performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. And what a delightful rendition it was!

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