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From the Theatre of Life

Sat 7 October 2017 - 7.30pm

St Paul’s Church, Bedford



Maeterlinck’s play was premiered in 1893, and within 12 years four celebrated composers – Debussy, Fauré, Schoenburg, and Sibelius – had been sufficiently intrigued by the play to write music for it. We shall be able to contrast Sibelius' impressions of the play with Faure's version later in the season. Next we welcome Julian Metzger to perform Schumann’s Cello Concerto. The work is full of lyrical beauty, even longing, with the occasional flash of fire. Finally we present a great favourite – Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. Beethoven gives us a programme for this symphony, and we hear sounds of the countryside, people enjoying a holiday, a storm cutting short the revels, and finally a song of thanks for the wonders of nature.


Soloist      Julian Metzger

Conductor Michael Rose

Bedford Sinfonia

Sibelius      Suite: Pelléas et Mélisande

Schumann  Cello Concerto

Beethoven  Symphony No.6 (Pastoral)

Adults                       £12

Children/Students        £5

2017-2018 Concert Season

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