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Friday 17th November 7.30pm @ Town Hall, Skipton

Serenata Notturna
New Work (world premiere)
Serenade for Strings

Skipton Building Society Camerata
Ben Crick Conductor

New Angles
a few minutes to learn

It seems strange that when two composers are as lauded and valued as Mozart and Tchaikovsky, that there was ever a time when such great people were undervalued and unwanted. Mozart composed his Serenata Notturna when he was still a servant in the pay of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. This was an unhappy time in the young composers life where his lack of nobile birth combined with his unwillingness to learn his place led to Mozart being ostracized from much of his immediate community.

Tchaikovsky suffered similar treatment but for very different reasons, he was considered simply 'not Russian enough'. Though he studied at several conservatoires, the all powerful 'Mighty Handful' of five composers - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky and Alexander Borodin - decided that his training had encouraged conformity and conventionality, and blocked any expression of the true Russian soul.

Despite these obstacles Mozart and Tchaikovsky continued to create great art. Mozart's Serenata Notturna is a perfect example of a genius transforming an everyday commission into a work of great intimacy, elegance and beauty whilst Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings takes all that western training and combines it with his majestic melodic gifts and Russian folksongs to create a masterpiece of the string repertoire.

Stephen Bradshaw's new work will take a modern look at nationalism and explore it's ability to create a sense of identity but also to create division, tension and isolation.

6:15pm Pre-concert talk with Stephen Bradshaw
As part of our New Angles programme, ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk with the composer to discuss how these influences are represented in his work.

Stephen Bradshaw

Stephen Bradshaw

Tickets can be booked in advance either online or by phone (0333 666 3366 Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm - £1.50 phone booking fee applies).

Any remaining tickets will be available at the venue on the day of the concert.

Special Offer: 4 tickets for the price of 3
Book tickets for our four Skipton events in 2017 (14 Apr, 14 July, 17 Nov, 9 Dec) and receive a 25% discount.