Our Summer Concert was on Saturday 7th July 2018 at St Lukes Church, Lodge Moor, Sheffield

The concert featured the world premier of Matthew Leese’s Easy Piano Concerto with the composer at the piano. The piece was superbly performed by the orchestra and well-received by the audience. Matthew would like to express his gratitude to Martin, Ralph and the orchestra for their enthusiasm towards the piece and their hard work in performing it so well. He performed the 40-minute concerto from memory, and soloist and orchestra gelled brilliantly to give the best possible presentation of this new work to the world.

Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis and Debussy’s Prelude were two tough pieces and the orchestra performed them exceptionally well with great passion, and special thanks go to our guest players in the percussion and harp sections. Conductor Martin Lightowler believed he may have asked too much of the orchestra with the Hindemith…..but the orchestra decided otherwise!

Concert Programme:

Weber: Overture Der Freischütz 

Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

(interval)

Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow

Leese: Piano Concerto (premier)

Piazzolla: Libertango

Thanks to John for managing the concert, Richard for ticket sales, the volunteers who provided front of house support, and special appreciation for the unsung heroes who moved the percussion instruments to the venue in the morning and back to Millhouses after the concert.

Some images to follow in due course, and a recording of the Easy Piano Concerto will be available to download in the near future.