29th Mar, 2020

Orchestra of the Swan and Django Bates team-up for classical jazz meeting at Stratford Play House

Ian Hughes 25th Feb, 2020

CLASSICAL will meet jazz at Stratford Play House next month.

Orchestra of the Swan and Django Bates will be teaming up for the concert on Tuesday March 24.

Winner of the 2019 Ivor Award for Jazz, Bates’ Umpteenth Violin Concerto is a celebration of the violin, inspired by jazz and folk music.

A founder member of Loose Tubes, Bates is an internationally-acclaimed performer and composer who travels between the jazz world and the classical.

His Umpteenth Violin Concerto was composed in 2004 and has been reworked for this special performance by Orchestra of the Swan, where it will be performed by OOTS guest soloist Thomas Gould.

Gould will also perform Bates’ own cadenzas for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, linking the two works across time.

There will also be an additional performance of Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture.

Bates said: “Umpteen is an old fashioned word meaning ‘an indefinite large number’. There are so many violin concertos in the world – often given numbers instead of names – that mine is perhaps the umpteenth. The piece explores infinity, as music often does. It is also a wry comment on those radio stations that play the Mendelssohn and Bruch Concertos in a never-ending cycle.”

“Umpteenth embraces melodious folk music from an imaginary land, pays homage to its great concerti predecessors – even offering a small Mendelssohn quote – and, above all, celebrates the violin and the drama which it can create.

“The piece was written in 2004 and for some time I have wanted to re-bar some passages and to extend the joyous finale. Orchestra of the Swan have kindly made those revisions possible so I am very excited to hear this updated Umpteenth Violin Concerto performed with soloist Thomas Gould.”

Visit www.orchestraoftheswan.org for tickets and further details.

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