Mozart, Grieg and Holst

Friday 14th October 2022 at 8.00 pm 

St Mary's Church, Old Amersham

Iain Ledingham (Conductor)

  • Mozart  Symphony No. 34

  • Grieg  Holberg Suite

  • Holst  St Paul's Suite

  • Mozart  Symphony No. 36 'Linz'

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We open our Winter Series of concerts with Mozart’s Symphony No. 34.  Although not so well-known, it is a wonderfully lively and festive work, with a beguiling slow movement and an exuberant romp in the finale.  Between two Mozart symphonies our programme encloses two masterpieces for string orchestra by Grieg and Holst, both of which look back affectionately to musical styles of earlier times.


Grieg’s Holberg Suite looks to back to the period of the 18th century Norwegian playwright Ludwig Holberg, evoking an age of elegance and charm in sprightly dance music and haunting songlike melodies.

Holst’s St Paul’s Suite looks further back to the origins of English folksong and Elizabethan dance music, ending with a glorious arrangement of 'Greensleeves'.

The magnificent 'Linz' Symphony (No. 36) was composed during a visit to that city for a concert on November 4th, 1783. Mozart wrote to his father “As I have not a single symphony with me, I am writing a new one at breakneck speed.”  The result is a marvellously rich and deeply felt work and in the finale there is an extraordinary sense of urgency and excitement.

Tickets: £22 (reserved), £16 (reserved), £11 (unreserved), £5 (students)

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