Saturday, 11th May 2024 at 7.30 pm
Alderley Edge Festival Hall
Katie Jones is principal horn of the Alderley Edge Symphony Orchestra.
Katie read Music at Cambridge University before moving to London, where she worked in arts administration. Alongside her office job she played in the Band of The Royal Yeomanry, an Army Reserve wind band. During her time in the band, she played at the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace many times, and travelled to Belgium, France and Saudi Arabia.
Nowadays back in Manchester, she enjoys being self-employed, teaching the piano and french horn. Katie enjoys orchestral playing most of all, and loves playing with Alderley Edge Symphony Orchestra.
No-one really knows why Schubert never completed his Symphony No 8, composed in 1822 when he was just 25. He composed a few bars of a third movement but possibly decided that there was no more to be said at the time. If he had decided to return to the work in later years, this was to be denied him: a mere six years later he was dead - but his ‘Unfinished’ Symphony lives on as popular as ever.
Mozart composed four horn concertos, though the last was unfinished at the time of his death in 1791 and had to be completed by his pupil Süssmayr. The three-movement model
of First concerto is strongly influenced by the Bohemian pioneer of horn concertos, Antonio Rosetti. The first movement is in sonata form, with the second a serenading romance and the finale a vivacious hunting rondo.
In December 1876, Tchaikovsky began an epistolary relationship with Nadezhda von Meck, a wealthy widow and ardent fan of his music. Soon after von Meck first wrote to Tchaikovsky, he began work on the dramatic Fourth Symphony which he dedicated to her. In the four-movement symphony Tchaikovsky launches a musical exploration of the concept of Fate as an inescapable force.
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