Intense launch to orchestra’s new season at St Albans church

Joely Koos

Joely Koos - Credit: Archant

Some of the most dramatic and colourful works of the symphonic musical repertoire will be performed by Amadeus Chamber Orchestra in their first concert of the new season next Saturday, November 24.

It is being held at 7.30pm in St Saviour’s Church, St Albans, and will feature Mozart’s Symphony no. 25 which anticipates musical Romanticism with its intense opening, familiar to many from being used as a backdrop to the film Amadeus.

Beethoven’s Overture Leonora no. 3 is also on the programme. It has long been famous for successfully bringing all the drama of the opera Fidelio into an instrumental piece.

Schumann is represented by his Cello concerto. He took longer to master the symphony orchestra, being by nature more of a song composer, but in the work he found a way of uniting the lyricism of the solo cello to the power of a symphony orchestra.

For the performance the orchestra will be joined by Joely Koos, a cellist experienced as orchestral principal, chamber musician and soloist.

An erstwhile prizewinner in the Jaqueline Du Pré Competition, she is now a cello professor at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

The concert will end with Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta which features star turns from many of the orchestra’s woodwind players

Tickets in advance are £12 with concessions £10 and accompanied children £3, available from here. On the door they are £14, £12 and £3 respectively.