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The Wolsey Orchestra performed at the Apex, in Bury St Edmunds. ANL-160113-163442001
The Wolsey Orchestra performed at the Apex, in Bury St Edmunds. ANL-160113-163442001
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One of East Anglia’s finest orchestras, the Wolsey Orchestra, will be performing t the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on February 13.

The programme includes Dvorak’s Scherzo Capriccioso, an early example of his masterful handling of light, colourful orchestration that become his hallmark, and Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony.

An intense work written shortly after Stalin’s death, this symphony marked the composer’s return to large scale orchestral writing following the savage attacks on his earlier works.

Described by Shostakovich as ‘a portrayal of human emotions and passions’, this colossal work is a more specific response to the passing of Stalin’s brutal regime.

Award-winning mezzo-soprano Clare Presland, from Ipswich, is the soloist in Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Ete. A setting of six poems by French poet Théophile Gautier, it reveals a private side of Berlioz.

Originally composed for piano and voice, Berlioz orchestrated the work to demonstrate a more intimate style in response to criticism of his often extravagant use of large scale orchestral forces.

The orchestra is conducted by composer William Carslake with guest leader Rosemary Hinton, who is currently freelancing with the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 01284 758000 or see theapex.co.uk