Dyson, Delius, Ireland, Vaughan Williams, Butterworth and Elgar March 2022

Orchestral Concert
7.30 pm, Saturday 5th March 2022
Centenary Hall, Caldicott School

Dyson - Overture “At the Tabard Inn”
Delius - The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Ireland - Piano Concerto 
Vaughan Williams - Overture: The Wasps
Butterworth - Idyll: The Banks of Green Willow 
Elgar - Enigma Variations

Slough Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor    David Wilson
piano           Richard Uttley

Following Elgar's cello concerto and Bliss's A colour symphony played at the concert last November, we bring you a concert of more music by English composers who were writing in the first 30 years of the twentieth century.

Dyson's overture At the Tabard Inn is named after the Southwark inn where Chaucer’s pilgrims foregathered and uses tunes from his choral work The Canterbury Pilgrims. Delius composed his orchestral intermezzo The Walk to the Paradise Garden for his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet, but it is Delius's orchestral writing at its best and has become a popular piece in its own right.

Pianist Richard Uttley played Gerswin's Rhapsody in Blue at Slough Phil's 70th anniversary concert in 2011. We are delighted that he returns in our 80th season to perform John Ireland's piano concerto - that was composed exactly ten years later in an English lyrical style and full of emotion, but revealing also moments of 'popular' jazz reminiscent of the Gershwin.

Vaughan Williams was commissioned to write The Wasps as incidental music to Aristophenes' play of that name. Except for the opening buzzing, the piece has little to do with wasps or with ancient Greece, but it is quintessential Vaughan Williams and the overture has remained a popular concert piece. Butterworth's The Banks of Green Willow is based on two folk song melodies and is the most played and most recorded of all Butterworth's compositions.

The concert concludes with one of the greatest of all English orchestral works: Edward Elgar's popular Enigma Variations. It is a series of variations of an original theme, composed while 'doodling at the piano'. Elgar adapts the tune to make musical caricatures of some of his friends.
Centenary Hall
Crown Lane
Farnham Royal