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Workshop 2021
The principal work to be studied and performed at the Workshop on Saturday, 6th February 2021 is Dvorak’s Symphony No 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141, completed on 17 March 1885 and first performed on 22 April 1885 at St James's Hall in London. We’ll also be playing another shorter piece, details to be announced shortly.
The Workshop leader and conductor will, as usual, be Richard Howarth. Because of likely ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, no refreshments will be provided; however participants are of course welcome to bring their own though they should NOT be shared with other non-family members.

The Workshop fee will be £15. This should not be submitted now, but will be collected on the day.

To reserve your place in the Workshop, please complete and submit the form below without delay.
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This symphony marked an important milestone in Dvorak’s life - and it was the only one he completed under a commission.  The work was completed in a mere three months and the composer himself conducted the premiere in London’s St. James’s Hall on 22 April 1885. That’s the reason given for its title – the London symphony – but this is perhaps one of his most nationalistic works, packed with references to his Czech homeland and full of Slavonic melodies. If you’re in any doubt – Dvorak himself underlined his emotional connection when he wrote his own proclamation on the score; ‘God, Love and Country’.

If Dvorak hoped his hugely successful London premiere would secure publication of his Seventh Symphony, he must have been disappointed by the miserable 3000 marks he was offered by his publisher – who also demanded cuts to the work. Finally, a compromise was reached when small cuts were made to the second movement, but Dvorak received double the original fee! A small price to pay for one of the most glorious symphonies, and certainly Dvorak’s greatest.
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Special note: this event will take place strictly under the Covid-19 restrictions, including social distancing, that apply on 6th February.
Click HERE to see our current Covid-19 rehearsal protocol. It will be updated as required over coming weeks.
PAST WORKSHOPS
2006
ELGAR
Symphony No 1
2007
SHOSTAKOVICH
Symphony No 5
2008
(No Workshop)
 
2009
MAHLER
Symphony No 1
2010
BERLIOZ
Harold in Italy
2011
(No Workshop)
 
2012
MAHLER
Symphony No 4
2013
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
London Symphony
2014
HOLST
Suite: The Planets
2015
MAHLER
Symphony No 5
2016
RACHMANINOV
Symphony No 2
2017
MUSSORGSKY
Pictures from an Exhibition
2018
TCHAIKOVSKY
BAX
Capriccio Italien
Tintagel
2019
ELGAR
SMETANA
Concert overture: In the South
Ma Vlast
2020
RESPIGHI
BERLIOZ
Pines of Rome
Overture: Roman Carnival