Love and Transfiguration
Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

Love and Transfiguration

In this short but intense concert, the Fidelio Orchestra will take you through some of the summits of post-romantic music. We’ll explore the way in which Tristan’s Prelude - one of the most accomplished and discussed pieces of all times - is modelled very closely on Berlioz’s monumental Romeo and Juliet. From the impossible love of Tristan, Isolde, Romeo and Juliet to the heavenly elevation of the dying artist of Death and Transfiguration, one of Strauss’ early tone poems, we’ll shed light on the dramas affecting these characters, which this music depicts so visually. All will be accompanied by a whole new selection of food and drinks, as it is standard for our large symphonic concerts.

Tickets available here.

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Lucky Thirteen
Jul
15
7:30 PM19:30

Lucky Thirteen

Think 13 is an unlucky number? Let us prove you wrong…

In this woodwind extravaganza, members of the Fidelio Orchestra, plus guests, will be playing two pieces composed for 13 instruments. The first, Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 (known as the Gran Partita) features a combination of instruments that Mozart had never before used in his compositions for wind ensemble. At its first performance, an ecstatic audience member declared it ‘glorious … excellent and sublime’ - a judgement with which we’re sure you’ll agree. It’s also featured in the 1984 film Amadeus, in which the character Antonio Salieri, upon hearing it, exclaims that he thought he “was hearing the voice of God”. We’ll leave it to you to decide whether our performance is as divine...

It’s pretty tricky to follow up a piece like that, but Gary Carpenter’s Pantomime for 13 Winds does an admirable job. In the composer’s own words, the piece “attempts to invoke the shadowy and half-forgotten world of smoky music halls, vaudeville, burlesque and their later - often televisual - incarnations.”

To accompany this ‘sublime’ and ‘shadowy’ performance, and to calm any triskaidekaphobiacs among you, there’ll be wine and food available throughout the performance. See you there!

Ticket available here.

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Italian tour in aid of UNICAM
Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

Italian tour in aid of UNICAM

  • Aula Magna, Università di Roma La Sapienza (map)
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On Thursday 3 October Fidelio Orchestra will be performing with pianist Gloria Campaner in the Aula Magna of the University of Rome La Sapienza in a concert organized by Comitato Sapienza per Camerino to raise funds for the University of Camerino (UNICAM), seriously damaged by an earthquake in 2017. 

If you’ll be in the area, or you’re just looking for an excuse for a jaunt to southern Europe, then why not join us for the concert? The programme will include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Brahms’ Fourth Symphony. Information on tickets will be available soon - in the meantime, save the date!

Tickets will be available here.

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How do you Russia?
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

How do you Russia?

Members of the Fidelio Orchestra go back to the legendary SAID chocolate shop in Soho after their successful launch event back in January 2019. The concert will feature piano trios by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich as well as one of Haydn’s “Russian” string quartets. The musical flavours will be accompanied by a selection of wines, light food and chocolates from the house. It promises to be an unmissable evening.

This concert is sold-out.

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A Tiny Little Concerto
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

A Tiny Little Concerto

This spring, the Fidelio Orchestra is teaming up with world-renowned pianist Samson Tsoy for a performance of epic proportions, beginning with Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto. With his customary sense of humour, Brahms dubbed this titanic and grandiose piece his ‘tiny little concerto’ - once you’ve heard it played, you’ll appreciate the irony… In this piece, the piano and orchestra work together in a way that audiences of the time had never before experienced, redefining the meaning of the term ‘concerto’.

We’ll end the concert with Schumann's Second Symphony, a thrilling and uplifting piece that symbolised for its composer a triumph over long spells of depression.

These two pieces, standing three decades apart, epitomise the seduction of the ‘high Romantic’ period and promise to make this an evening of pure indulgence.

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Gone with the Winds
Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

Gone with the Winds

Struggling to see past the string sections when you watch an orchestra play? Keen to hear more of that wind section you’ve been straining to glimpse? Then we’ve got the concert for you! Come and find out what the wind section is capable of on 3 April, when Fidelio Orchestra’s woodwind (and horn!) section will combine into a series of unconventional ensembles to take you through Wilfred Joseph’s Papageno Variations for wind sextet, Gounod’s Petite Symphonie for wind nonet and the incredible Hommage à l’ami Papageno for wind dectet and piano by Jean Françaix. See you at the George Tavern for an intimate evening of music, novelty and laughter.

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The Horn Player's Tale
Feb
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Horn Player's Tale

It can fill you with joy or make you cry. It can drive you to hope or despair. It can send you to sleep, or to war. The French horn is one of the most versatile instruments in the orchestra and one of the hardest to play, and it has a fascinating back-story. Join us on a journey from the hunt to the concert hall, from the 16th century to the 21st, for an intimate (and probably, at times, rather noisy) evening of horn music and history. Tickets for this event are free but limited in number, so get yours quickly to avoid missing out!

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The New Path
Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

The New Path

Justice. Loyalty. Daring. Girl power. Beethoven’s opera Fidelio subverts the damsel in distress narrative with a gripping and uplifting tale of a woman risking her life to save her beloved husband. Join us for our debut symphonic performance to hear two of the Fidelio overtures and the unique story behind the opera. We’ll also throw in two glorious symphonies for good measure – Mozart’s showcases the craftsmanship of the classical period, while Beethoven’s forges a completely new path. Get your tickets here.

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Listen.
Jan
24
7:30 PM19:30

Listen.

Trust us, nothing lifts the January blues like relaxing with some chamber music and a glass of wine. So why not join us for a cosy evening with the stunningly talented Portorius Quartet? This string ensemble of young professionals will charm your ear with Haydn and Schubert, as well as a daring, technicolour piece by New York-based composer Caroline Shaw. This event is now sold out.

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