SOMETHING special is brewing at the Bournemouth Pavilion.

A series of three concerts named Sunday Teatime Classics will be performed at Bournemouth Pavilion early this year.

All begin at 3pm and will last about two hours.

On Sunday, February 1, the BSO, under the baton of the Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association Frank Zielhorst, for Melodic Passion will be joined by pianist Danny Driver for Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, often described as the greatest piano concerto ever written.

The great Russian melodies which are passed between piano and orchestra in a flowing dialogue have inspired many instances in popular culture, from film score appearances, to pop songs.

Dvorák’s Symphony No.8, the Bohemian-influenced display of the great melodist’s prowess completes this performance, which also includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture – written not long after his famous Fifth Symphony – and Elgar’s songs of the morning and night: Chanson de Matin and Chanson de Nuit.

A musical tour of Europe is on the cards on Sunday, March 8 in Great Patriots, starting in the far North in Finland with Sibelius and his patriotic hymn Finlandia, the unofficial national anthem of the country.

This is followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20, from British pianist Christian Blackshaw.

An Italian and Spanish combined treat in the form of Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture begins the second half, before the BSO, under Australian conductor Matthew Wood, round off the afternoon with Beethoven’s Symphony No.1, an early work which begins to show his experimentation with orchestration.

The final date in the Sunday Teatime Classics series, on Sunday, April 19, is a concert once again under Frank Zielhorst named ‘English Majesty’.

In it, the BSO will explore a long series of English master composers using some of their most famous works.

The concert will open with the perennial favourite Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, with melodies everyone will recognise, followed by Vaughan Williams’s English Folk Song Suite, in which the woodwind and brass sections of the orchestra will form a wind band to recount famous songs of the English countryside.

The BSO’s leader, Amyn Merchant, will describe the fluttering song of a lark with his captivating playing of The Lark Ascending, often voted the country’s most favourite piece of classical music.

Beginning the second half will be William Walton’s Crown Imperial March, written for the coronation of Edward VIII, but instead used at the coronation of George VI, his brother.

It is a piece that truly raises spirits and fills hearts with joy to hear its rousing melody.

The strings of the BSO will then take centre stage with Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, written for students at the girls’ school, another piece borrowing much from the folk traditions of England.

Delius’ A Walk to the Paradise Garden precedes two well-loved Elgar works: Nimrod from the Enigma Variations, and finally Pomp and Circumstance March No.4 brings this concert to a rousing finale.

Performances are on Sunday, February 1, Sunday, March 8 and Sunday, April 19 at 3pm.

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