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Strauss & Friends

presented by Guildford Symphony Orchestra

G Live, Guildford

Sat 16 May 2015, 7.30pm

Strauss & Friends


Let Strauss and Friends transport you to the glamour of Viennese high society. Guildford Symphony Orchestra will be playing music by all three Strauss' – the two Johanns and Richard – as well as works by Haydn, Mozart and Brahms.

Setting the champagne atmosphere fizzing will be Matilda Lloyd, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Category, performing Haydn’s effervescent Trumpet Concerto.

Mezzo Soprano Jeanette Ager will sing arias by Mozart and Lehar. The programme includes the Blue Danube and die Fledermaus Overture by Strauss and the Festive Celebration by Brahms.


Don Juan - Strauss
Opera Arias (Smanie & Voi Che Sapete) - Mozart
Blue Danube Waltzes - Strauss
Trumpet Concerto - Haydn
Festive Celebration - Brahms
Fledermaus Overture - Strauss
Operetta Arias (Don’t be Cross & Giuditta) - Lehar
Voices of Spring Waltzes - Strauss
Perpetuum Mobile & Tipsy Polka - Strauss
Gold and Silver - Lehar
Cuckoo, Kissing & Anvli Polkas - Strauss
Radetzky March - Strauss

Matilda Lloyd, 19, began playing the trumpet at the age of 8. She was one of the talented young musicians who stole the show at the GSO’s 2013 Young Artists Concert and the following year she went on to win BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Category and the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award. She so impressed the GSO that she has been invited back to perform Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto at G Live. She is definitely a star to watch. Other awards already under her belt are the Junior Guildhall Lutine Prize 2013, Croydon Festival Advanced Concerto Competition 2014, Woking and Marlowe Young Musicians of the Year 2013 and GSO Young Artists’ prize 2013. For two years she was Principal Trumpet for the National Youth Orchestra.

Jeanette Ager was awarded an Exhibition to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Jeanette has won the Gold Medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, the Richard Tauber Prize and won the Tillett Trust’s Young Artist Platform.

As a soloist, Jeanette's concert and oratorio work has included recitals and other appearances at the Wigmore Hall; Handel’s Messiah at St David’s Hall, Cardiff; Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; Tippett’s Child of our Time at The Royal Festival Hall; Verdi’s Requiem at Gloucester and Hereford Cathedrals; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at The Barbican Hall and Mozart’s Mass in C minor at the Cadogan Hall. In addition to performances at many of the leading venues in the United Kingdom, Jeanette's concert work has taken her to Bermuda, the Czech Republic, Spain Libya and China.

Tickets: £15.00*, £18.00*, £20.00*
Under 25s: £7.50**, £9.00*, £10.00*
Under 11s: £5.00**
Friends of G Live: Save £2.00

*A £2.00 per ticket booking fee applies, capped at six per order. Fee-free booking for Friends of G Live; Groups of 8+ please call 0844 7701 797 to buy fee-free.

**A 50 pence per ticket booking fee applies, capped at six per order. Fee-free booking for  Friends of G Live ; Groups of 8+ please call 0844 7701 797 to buy fee-free.

About Guildford Symphony Orchestra 

Making music - developing talent - supporting charity

The GSO is the longest established orchestra in the Guildford borough. Founded in 1919, it is just 4 years off its centenary and is a flourishing community orchestra now playing around five concerts each year under the inspired direction of Darrell Davison.

The orchestra believes in providing a platform for young players at the beginning of their career - such as the Godalming violinist Andrew Haveron, who became leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra - through the annual Una Clark Young Artists’ Concerts. The GSO also stages family concerts and encourages musical creativity with a biennial carol writing competition involving local schools.

Following the disbanding of the Guildford Philharmonic, the GSO is the only Guildford orchestra regularly offering a full-scale programme of great classical and romantic symphonic music. As a community orchestra, the GSO has forged close links with local charities that benefit from the retiring collection at each concert.

GSO is a genuinely local orchestra, with around 60 members, drawn from all sectors of the community – teachers, full-time parents, dentists, doctors, journalists, accountants, scientists, students, people working in the City and in academic research – all brought together through a love of playing music.

The Friends of the GSO provides loyal support to help sustain the programme of concerts. The annual Friends of the GSO subscription is £15, or £20 for a family subsription. To become a friend, contact Katy Berry by emailing:

The GSO Musical Director,  Darrell Davison

Darrell Davison studied music at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and began his professional career as the principal cellist of the Ulster Orchestra.
In 1979 he won the Sir John Barbirolli Conducting Competition and since then has worked with many different orchestras, professional and  amateur. This includes performances with all four London orchestras, recordings with the LSO and the BBC and concerts and recordings in Europe and Asia.
In 1984, Davison was a prize winner in the inaugural Leeds Conducting Competition and made his London début conducting the RPO at a Royal Philharmonic Society Concert at the Festival Hall. Since then he has made appearances at many of the UK’s major venues and has also conducted lakeside proms at both Kenwood and Crystal Palace.
He is a Conductor and Musical Director of The Little Symphony of London and The New Philharmonic Orchestra and he presented the successful Arthur Davison Family Concerts at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. He was appointed Musical Director of the Guildford Symphony Orchestra in 1990.
His compositions have been performed by The Philharmonia, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and he has also written and orchestrated film scores for The London Symphony Orchestra.

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