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2 December 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
In the magical setting of Durham Castle, the Chamber Orchestra of Durham University Orchestral Society presents an evening of fairytale and fantasy that will transport you away from chilly Durham to lands far, far away.
The concert opens with Mendelssohn’s evocative and mournful ‘The Fair Melusine’, which tells the story of Melusine, a water sprite, who was cursed to become half snake every Saturday. She hid this from her lover until he sneakily found out; the music reflects her torment and shame. Following this is a beautiful ton poem: Lyadov’s ‘The Enchanted Lake’. This piece uses all the effects that the composer could muster to depict water through sound – a still, magical and serene experience for all. Rounding out the first half is Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’. With each character represented by an instrument, let our narrator take you into a charming world of animals, a young boy’s ingenuity, and a little bit of danger…
Elgar’s ‘Dream Children’ begins the second half. This piece is based on an essay by Charles Lam: it is a wistful, mournful evocation of a family life never achieved by this lifelong bachelor. Elgar captures this longing in his composition; the feelings it evokes are certainly something to sleep on. This sombre mood will be chased off by the next piece, Wagner’s ‘Siegfried Idyll’, Wagner’s hopes for his son and the joy of his birth are encapsulated in this charming piece. The final piece, Vaughan Williams ‘Five Mystical Songs’ with soloist George Evans-Thomas is a setting of George Herbert’s poetry. Almost a meditation, the songs are a wonderful reflection of the mystery of religion and spirituality.
Important Event Information
Doors Open: 7.30pm
Ticket Prices: Adult £8, Student £6
Music Durham Member Tickets: £5
Ticket Availability: Tickets will be available until 5pm on the day of the concert
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