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Workshop 2023
Saturday, 4th February 2023 at Alderley Edge Festival Hall
RICHARD STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony (Eine Alpensinfonie), Op. 64
We’re delighted to announce that our 2023 Workshop will provide a very rare opportunity to study and play one of the most remarkable - and largest - symphonies ever composed.

An Alpine Symphony depicts the experiences of eleven hours (from daybreak just before dawn to the following nightfall) spent climbing an Alpine mountain.

As a boy, Strauss had experienced an Alpine adventure similar to the one described in his An Alpine Symphony: he and a group of climbers lost their way heading up a mountain and were caught in a storm and soaked on the way down. Strauss loved the mountains so much that in 1908 he built a home in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, that boasted stunning views of the Alps.

An Alpine Symphony was premiered on October 28, 1915, with Strauss conducting the orchestra of the Dresden Hofkapelle in Berlin. Monumental in size and scale, the symphony calls for up to 125 players and a typical performance lasts for 50 minutes.

The Workshop conductor will, as usual, be Richard Howarth. .

We shall be announcing full details later in the year. Meanwhile, demand for places is likely to be very high, so if you might like to take part and would like to be added to our mailing list for further details, please complete and submit the form below.
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2006
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2007
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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011
(No Workshop)
 
2012
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2013
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
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2014
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2015
MAHLER
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2016
RACHMANINOV
Symphony No 2
2017
MUSSORGSKY
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2018
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BAX
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2019
ELGAR
SMETANA
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2020
RESPIGHI
BERLIOZ
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2021
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DVORAK
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2022
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