Music that caused an uproar before its 1960 premiere – with a national newspaper headline proclaiming ‘Tonight it’s bongo night’ - will be played by the Havant Symphony Orchestra at Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on Saturday, March 24 (7.30pm).
Conductor Peter Craddock, a long-time champion of Malcolm Arnold’s work, heard the premiere of his fourth symphony performed under the composer’s baton and has chosen it for the HSO’s 50th season.
He has described it as ‘West Indian carnival night - jazzy, melodious, jaunty, rhythmic and happy.’
Peter gave orchestra members a say in programming the HSO season, and Dutch-born clarinettist Robert Blanken suggested the little-known Cyrano de Bergerac Overture by his compatriot Johan Wagenaar. It is romantic in style with a touch of Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel about it, Peter says.
The programme is completed by Brahms’s Variations on a Theme of Haydn and Shostakovich’s high-spirited second piano concerto.
Replacing Russian Alexander Karpeyev as soloist is Benjamin Powell, a young Briton who was awarded first prize at the British Contemporary Piano Competition in October 2010.
Tickets £7 to £18 from Ferneham Hall, Fareham on (01329) 231942 or go to fernehamhall.co.uk.