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    Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra: 75th Anniversary

    Sun 20 Mar, 6pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £10 ⁠–⁠ £20
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    Violinist smiling at the Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra 20 March 2022

    The youth orchestra looks to the States for inspiration in this celebratory concert, which builds to William Grant Still’s blues-tinged First Symphony.

    The concert opens in full cinematic glory with Korngold’s score for the 1942 film Kings Row.

    Fans of film music have a lot to thank Korngold for – his brass fanfares, richly scored love themes and white-knuckle fight sequences came to define the Hollywood sound, and provided inspiration for film composers well into the 21st century.

    Star violinist and regular SYO soloist Joo Yeon Sir joins the orchestra to perform Barber’s stunning Violin Concerto, a work which has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1941. Stoneleigh’s Training Orchestra brings the first half of the concert to a close.

    Past Stoneleigh players from across the years – many of whom have gone on to work with some of Europe’s leading ensembles – join a specially formed Alumni Orchestra to perform Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture, conducted by former Musical Director Adrian Brown.

    The Main Orchestra brings the concert to a close with William Grant Still’s First Symphony.

    Still was a master of fusing traditional blues, jazz and spirituals with the classic orchestral sound, and SYO is thrilled to be championing the music of this extraordinary African American composer.

    • Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra
    • Stoneleigh Training Orchestra **
    • Stoneleigh Alumni Orchestra ***
    • Robert Hodge conductor
    • Dan Shilladay conductor, **
    • Adrian Brown conductor, ***
    • Joo Yeon Sir violin
    • Korngold: Kings Row Suite
    • Barber: Violin Concerto
    • Stoneleigh Training Orchestra: 3 Pieces to be announced **
    • Interval
    • Elgar: Overture, Cockaigne (In London Town) ***
    • Still: Symphony No.1 (Afro-American)

    Dates & times

    Sun 20 Mar, 6pm
    Approximate run time: 180 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entry£10 ⁠–⁠ £20*
    • Concessions25%**

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