Henley Symphony Orchestra at Reading Concert Hall on Sunday 16 November 2014, at 4pm
This concert must surely appeal to anyone who loves song and opera. The Henley Symphony Orchestra introduces an outstanding young British singer as soloist in the demanding but beautiful Wesendonck song-cycle written by Wagner.
Runner up in this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Awards at London’s Wigmore Hall, Sarah-Jane Lewis has won numerous awards and prizes, most notably the Hampshire National Singing Competition in 2013.
“Sarah-Jane Lewis, 27, has a warm, capacious soprano, its strength powerfully contained and focused throughout its wide register. And her wonderfully serene and assured stage presence reaches out to her audience”
The Times on the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2014
Sarah-Jane graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2009 with First Class Honours and received her MA DipRAM in 2013 from the Royal Academy of Music. She completed her studies at the National Opera Studio this year and has been selected as a Samling Scholar.
The Henley Symphony Orchestra is delighted to have this opportunity to perform Wagner’s classic song-cycle with a young artist of such promise at the start of her career.
Romantic Wagner is followed by Nielsen’s decidedly 20th century Sinfonia Espansiva. Written in 1911, the Danish composer’s Symphony no 3 is said to capture the spirit of the Scandinavian outdoors with “its changeable colours, bustling multi-directional winds and fluctuating currents of energy”. The second movement includes wordless vocal parts for soprano and baritone soloists Sarah Dacey and James Woldfield.
Directed by guest conductor Stephen Ellery and led by David Burton, the Henley Symphony Orchestra continues to go from strength to strength, with over 70 members from across the Thames Valley. The orchestra promotes an annual series of concerts featuring internationally-acclaimed artists. Since its formation in 1970, the HSO has become one of the country’s leading amateur orchestras
To book tickets for the Sunday 16th November concert contact 01235 859210 www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk/contact or Reading Arts 01189 606060 (booking fee applies) Tickets are priced £16, £12, £10 U16s/students half price One child free with paying adult £12 and £10.