Something old and something new…

Malvern, of course, is the ideal setting for any performance of a work by Elgar, and Christ Church, clearly a place with a congregation and audience enthusiastic about all things musical, seems the ideal setting for a brand new performance of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. However, this will be a performance with a difference; a new take on the original work. George Morton, conductor and arranger has recently made a new version of this famous work, for chamber orchestra. All the original music is still there, but the forces are reduced from the original symphonic sound to something lighter and texturally more exposed. A challenge for the players and a new experience for the listeners!

Conductor George Morton is based in Sheffield and is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Sheffield Rep Orchestra. He has also arranged Holst’s Planets Suite for chamber ensemble in response to a commission from Latitude Music Festival. George’s new realisation of Elgar’s piece was premièred in Exeter in July 2016 and has since had performances in Sheffield and London. Our concert in Malvern will couple the Elgar piece with Respighi’s Three Botticelli Pictures.

The Little Malvern Ensemble (a little ensemble from Malvern, not an ensemble from Little Malvern!) is a newly formed group and this will be its first outing, with George as guest conductor – an obvious choice! The acoustics of Christ Church should be perfect for a small orchestral group such as this.

Tickets will be £10 for the performance at 3pm on Sunday 26th February. These will be available soon and any concessions will be announced in due course. Refreshments will be served during the interval.