Penzance Orchestral Society’s spring concert has a watery theme as well as highlighting major works by two women composers with close Cornish associations. We begin with Doreen Carwithen’s stirring Bishop’s Rock Overture. Then comes the Concerto for Orchestra by our distinguished conductor, Judith Bailey. Based around the four ancient elements of earth, fire, wind and water this highlights different sections of the orchestra through an array of solos from each section. The watery theme is then set aside for Weber’s glorious bassoon concerto which we’ll be playing with soloist Laurence Perkins. Virtuosic and lyrical by turns, this piece is 200 this year. To find out more about Laurence you can visit his website: https://laurenceperkins.com. After the interval we meet the ocean in all its moods from tranquil to terrifying in the Four Sea Interludes from Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes.
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