SATURDAY 24TH MARCH 2018 | 8.00PM | St. James

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Guest Conductor: Ewa Strusinska

Guest Narrator: Dennis Burns


Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 in G Major Op. 39

Benjamin Britten
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Narrator: Dennis Burns)

Ludwig Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major - Op.55 - 'Eroica'

For the first concert of the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra 2018 Credit Suisse Series, the orchestra is delighted to perform an exciting and vibrant programme under the baton of Ewa Strusinska.

To open the concert the orchestra will perform one of Elgar's most loved works, the upbeat 'Pomp and Circumstance March' completed in 1907. During World War II the piece acquired words in a patriotic poem with the refrain beginning "All men must be free". Elgar once declared that part of the role he saw for himself, as a composer, was to write music, which stirred the popular imagination and tunes to accompany pageantry.

'Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra', written in 1945, is one of Britten's best-known pieces. Narrated by Dennis Burns, who is no stranger to the Guernsey stage, he and the orchestra will lead the audience on an epic tour through the different instruments accompanied with catchy and charming music.

To conclude the concert, Beethoven's third symphony will be performed, one of the composer's most celebrated works. The 'Eroica' symphony is a large-scale composition that marked the beginning of Beethoven's creative middle-period and has been described as the stuff of 'symphonic legend'.

A concert not to be missed!


The 2018 series of concerts is kindly sponsored by Credit Suisse (Channel Islands) Limited
The Orchestra would like to thank Credit Suisse for their generous and continued support since 1992.