Northern Chamber Orchestra with Julian Bliss, clarinet
The Stoller Hall, Manchester – Friday 26 October 7.30pm
The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield – Saturday 27 October 7.30pm
Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest solo clarinettists excelling as concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. On 26 and 27 October, he joins the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Manchester and Macclesfield, where he plays Carl Maria von Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 2. About his performance of the same piece with the Hallé orchestra in 2017, Bachtrack said “His reputation as one of the finest (and most versatile) clarinet soloists around is without question. The purity of his tone through the first movement was exquisite, with beautiful dynamic control throughout the register...Bliss’ refined and undramatic approach showed a performer fully in control of the music.” (Bachtrack, April 2017) .
The programme also includes Malcolm Arnold's Sinfonietta No. 1, along with two works written at times of political explosiveness - Suk’s Meditation on the old Czech Chorale 'St Wenceslas', in which the composer tries overtly to stir up nationalism during the tensions at the time of the outbreak of WWI and Haydn’s Symphony No 102, premiered in London in 1795 during the French Revolutionary Wars.
Formed in the late 1960s, the Northern Chamber Orchestra is one of the country’s top chamber orchestras, and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. The orchestra holds its main concert season in Macclesfield’s Heritage Centre, is the Orchestra in Association at Manchester’s Stoller Hall, and also performs regularly in Buxton and other venues around the North of England.
Tickets for the concerts are available now from the Northern Chamber Orchestra website. For more information, visit http://www.ncorch.co.uk