This Thursday 13 December, Durham University Palatinate Orchestra have their third concert of the term; the chamber orchestra will be playing Honnegger’s Pastorale d’Éte, Walton’s As You Like It, , De Falla’s El Sombrero de Tres Picos and Piazzolla’s Tangazo. DUPO have described this as ‘an exciting and varied range of music, a celebration of beautiful and colourful music from around the world’.
I spoke to Hugo Jennings, conductor of DUPO chamber, about the choice of repertoire and the importance of bringing more obscure Classical music to Durham audiences:
‘It’s a pretty wild mix of pieces, most of which you haven’t heard before so it’s going to be quite an entertaining experience. The Honegger and Walton are going to be great, the De Falla is wildly exciting but the Piazzola cant be missed purely for the extended techniques from the violins and also the fantastic dance rhythms in it’
Oliver Hopkins-Burke, a cellist with the orchestra, also describes how the varied nature of the program showcases the skill of the orchestra:
‘I’m very excited by the fact that we have such a wide range of exciting and lively repertoire which will allow every member of the orchestra, playing whatever instrument, to really shine as the pieces are orchestrated in such a way that everyone has the chance to be a star in the chamber setting at some point in the concert. I’m very excited especially for all the string players hitting their instruments repeatedly in the Piazzola!’
It promises to be an entertaining night showcasing a high level of musicianship from some of Durham’s top orchestral players. The concert will also round off an extremely successful term for DUPO; as President Naomi Solomons elaborates in her introduction, despite it being the last week of term DUPO’s concert season will continue in a collaboration with Choral Society:
‘I’m Naomi the president and I manage the executive committee who are incredibly hardworking and do a whole range of jobs around the year. The Symphony orchestra have had a fantastically well-received concert this term and, alongside that, DUPO are accompanying the Choral Society on the 14th . We also had an outreach concert in November where we performed a free concert to local primary schools which is really good fun! So I think for me, just alongside managing the weekly rehearsals and making sure everything is running smoothly, there’s the case of managing all the extra things that DUPO does that makes it special!’