NEXT CONCERT: THE EXPERIENCE OF YOUTH
SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2016 | 8.00PM | St. James
Festive Overture in A Major, Op. 96
Cello Concerto No 1 (Soloist - Sheku Kanneh-Mason)
Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
For the final concert of the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra 2016 Credit Suisse Series, the orchestra is delighted to welcome guest conductor Richard Dickins and winner of the 2016 BBC Young musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
To begin this exciting concert, the orchestra will perform Shostakovich's 'Festive Overture', a piece composed to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution. It is with great pleasure that we welcome the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason to perform his winning performance of the first of Shostakovich's cello concertos. His performance at London's Barbican was described as "electric" and he received a standing ovation. Starting at the age of six years old, Sheku is now seventeen and currently attends Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. He has played cello on various television shows, including the semi final of ITV's Britain's Got Talent in 2015 with his five other siblings within the talented Kanneh-Mason family.
To conclude the concert, the orchestra will perform Sibelius's Symphony no.5, a composition which was commissioned by the Finnish government in honor of his 50th birthday, which had been declared a national holiday. During the composition phase, Sibelius wrote in his diary: "It is as if God Almighty had thrown down pieces of a mosaic for heaven's floor and asked me to find out what was the original pattern."