Water Music

Music by Handel, Mozart & Strauss

  • Fri, 01 May 2015, 7:30 pm

Skipton Town Hall

Handel Water Music Suite No 2 in D
Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto
Mozart Symphony No 39 in E flat

Nicholas Daniel oboe

Skipton Building Society Camerata
Ben Crick conductor

Handel’s ever-popular Water Music was first performed on a barge on the River Thames to welcome the newly crowned King George I.  It is a fitting piece, therefore, to open this May Day concert at the start of Skipton’s Waterways Festival and to mark the start of the Camerata’s residency in the newly refurbished Skipton Town Hall.

Nicholas Daniel, the country’s leading oboist, has had a long and distinguished career which began when, at the age of 18, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and went on to win further competitions in Europe. He was recently awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music. He appears with the orchestra to play the exquisite Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss, considered by many to be the finest 20th century concerto written for the instrument.

This season Ben Crick and Skipton Camerata are performing all three of Mozart’s magnificent final trilogy of symphonies.  Composed in an astonishing burst of creativity in just six weeks in 1788, Symphony No 39 (together with  40 and 41 – see 3 July and 18 September) represents the pinnacle of the classical symphonic form.

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