Poulenc's Organ Concerto

Friday 3rd July 7.30pm @ Christ Church, Skipton

Overture: Don Giovanni
Concerto for organ, timpani & strings
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Summer Night on the River
Symphony No 35 'Haffner'

Tom Leech organ
Skipton Building Society Camerata
Ben Crick conductor

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Talented organist and choral director Tom Leech is the soloist in the best known organ concerto of the last two hundred years, the colourful and dramatic Concerto for organ, timpani and strings by French composer Francis Poulenc.

No music is more dramatic than that Mozart wrote for the appearance of the statue-come-to-life in the final scene of his opera Don Giovanni and which he uses at the start of the Overture. Also full of drama is Mozart’s Haffner Symphony, a piece that started life as background music for an aristocratic party but which ended up a symphony of crackling energy and tireless invention.

For many, the two evocative short pieces by Bradford-born Frederick Delius are the quintessential image of rural England, although they were actually written in France. “The public seemed to like the first piece best,” commented Delius about On hearing the first cuckoo in spring, “although I like the second one best.”

Tom Leech

Tom Leech

Owing to the uncertaintly associated with Covid-19 (coronavirus) ticket sales for this concert have been suspended for the time being.