WMSO Spring Concert 2024

Saturday 9th March 2024 at 7.30pm
in St Mary's Church, Maidenhead.

Villa Lobos The Little Train of the Caipira
Ginastera   Harp Concerto
Elgar          Symphony No.1

Soloist:  Jamaal Kashim - Finalist, WMSO Young Musicians' Competition 2022

WMSO is pleased to present a couple of great works from South American composers and one from a more familiar one, rather closer to home. The Little Train of the Caipira by Villa Lobos is a miniature tone poem depicting a steam train typical of those that were widely used in the Brazilian interior at the time of the composition in the 1930s. He uses a wide range of percussion and advanced harmonic structures to produce music that imitates the sound of the trains, while at the same time creating a strong sense of Brazilian melody.  Argentinian born composer Ginastera wrote his Harp Concerto in 1956 and it shows off the instrument to great effect, combining Ginastera's interest in folk music along with his later expressionist style. We are delighted that Jamaal Kashim will be playing this piece, having been a finalist at our Young Musicians' Competition in October 2022.
And then we come to Elgar's symphony No.1 - This work received immediate critical and public acclaim after its première in 1908.  It went on to receive over 100 performances in the years that followed and it has remained a firm favourite in the repertoire ever since. It is surely one of his greatest works.

Tickets: £20, £5 (student/child) 

A handling fee of 80p will be added to the price of adult tickets and 50p to student tickets to cover our box office costs
St Mary's Church
St Mary's Close
High Street