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Next concert: Sunday, 14th November 2021
Alderley Edge Festival Hall
SCHUBERT Overture. Rosamunde

BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D
Sophie Rosa

SCHUMANN Symphony No 4 in D minor

Stephen Threlfall
Tickets: Adult  £12; child under 18: £1
From 1995 Stephen Threlfall was Director of Music at Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s leading music school - a happy culmination of many years’ experience in the professional music world. After 24 years he decided to relinquish this post in order to further his conducting and creative work.

An alumnus of the Royal Northern College of Music, Stephen’s career began as Sub Principal cello with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and was founding member of the Arensky Piano Trio.

As a conductor, Stephen has earned much acclaim for his performances, recordings and broadcasts having conducted at many major venues and festivals throughout the UK and alongside many renowned international solo artists.
Sophie Rosa enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Bridgewater Hall and has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Sophie has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and has released CDs on Rubicon Classics, Champs Hill and EM Records labels to critical acclaim.

Sophie is currently leader and artistic director of Sinfonia Viva and has appeared as guest leader with orchestras throughout the UK. As a keen chamber musician, Sophie is a member of Pixels Ensemble and also performs with contemporary music group, Psappha. She is a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Manchester. Sophie plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin dated 1795 and a Claude Fonclause bow made available through the generous support of the Stradivari Trust.

Sophie’s most recent recording includes sonatas by Montgeroult, Viotti, Weber and Mendelssohn with the pianist Ian Buckle released on Rubicon Classics in February 2021.
We’re delighted to welcome top violinist Sophie Rosa to join us for one of the finest violin concertos in the repertoire. Composed in in 1878, Brahms’ only violin concerto was dedicated to his friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim.

Our concert opens with Schubert’s popular overture, and concludes with Schumann’s great Symphony No 4, completed in 1841.

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