a new era. April 22nd 2012

20 Feb

Sunday April 22nd, 2012

St Giles Cripplegate (opposite Barbican Centre’s lakeside entrance)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47

Aeolian Orchestra

Conductor: Rory Storm

Piano: Lara Melda

In April, for the first time, The Aeolian Orchestra presents a programme of music written only in the 20th century. Scores of music from the beginning of this century lead people to regard this time as the pinnacle of self-expression in music. This programme evokes a of spiral of emotions – both pieces reaching an expressive, albeit at times introvert, level beyond that which either composer had attained beforehand.

Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 was written between 1900 & 1901. He had earlier been suffering from clinical depression after his first symphony’s cold reception. Six years later, his second piano concerto was received with riotous enthusiasm, confirming his reputation and delivering him from depression. The universal respect for this piece still survives today.

The Aeolian Orchestra is joined by pianist Lara Melda, BBC Young Musician 2010, for Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto. This is the first time Lara Melda, Rory Storm and The Aeolian Orchestra have performed together. It is also the first time that any of the 3 have performed the work.

Shostakovich, a compatriot of Rachmaninov, wrote his Symphony No. 5 in similar circumstances to those of Rachmaninov and his concerto. Shostakovich was not depressed, however he did have the task of winning back respect. He had angered his nation’s politicians with previous works, including ‘Lady Macbeth’, which were considered incoherent and sometimes too satirical. The composer then sought to meet the demands of his nation in ways that would allow him to remain true to himself. This happened in the fifth symphony. Shostakovich won back the hearts of the public, whilst a handful of politicians were frightened by their own ignorance: they did not understand the work, speculating that the audience at the premiere had consisted solely of Shostakovich supporters and that the piece reacted against Stalin. Officials later claimed that Shostakovich had indeed met every one of the authorities’ demands, and the piece remained a success.

wonderfully welcome wind music… and more.

20 Feb

Aeolian Orchestra is delighted to have begun a new relationship.

June Emerson Wind Music has kindly agreed to contribute to a smoother running of Aeolian Orchestra by providing some of our printing requirements. We extend our thanks to Rachel Emerson, who has allowed this to go ahead, and we hope for this relationship to be long-lived. “Like” the wonderful music company on fb, or follow on Twitter.

But while you’re caught up in the wonderful webworld of this amazing company, don’t forget to stop by our facebook page and do a quick click on the “like” button.

the classical style.

23 Jan

The Aeolian Orchestra’s 2nd concert of 2012 brings together the three titans of the classical era – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. For this concert, on March 4th, the orchestra’s number will be reduced to that of a classical era orchestra.

The time elapsed between the writing of Beethoven’s Overture “Coriolan” (1807) and that of Mozart’s first Sinfonia Concertante – for 4 winds – (1778) is less than 30 years. Haydn’s Symphony No.99 falls between the two – written  in 1793. The Aeolian Orchestra’s March programme provides a clear insight into the musical progress of this short time-span.

Sunday 4th March 2012, 7.30pm.

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct (junctionwith Giltspur Street), London EC1A 9DE. click for a map.

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K.297b

Haydn: Symphony No.99 in E flat

Aeolian Orchestra

Rory Storm – conductor

Emily Ross – oboe

Anthony Friend – clarinet

Jonathan Quaintrell-Evans – horn

Joe Qiubassoon

Videos from January 8th, 2012

17 Jan

Below are a few video clips of the concert a few weeks ago. Big thanks to Daniel de Souza for video & editing, and to Panphonic for the audio recording. If you’d like to buy a copy of the full recording for £5, please get in touch with us at joeqiu1@gmail.com


Ravel – Pavane pour une infante défunte (music begins at 0:16)

Weber – Clarinet Concerto no.2

Tchaikovsky – Symphony no.4


Details about the next two concerts will be up soon!


January’s Concert

16 Dec

Full details for our next concert can be found by clicking on the link below.



26 Oct

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