The Belmont Ensemble of London was founded in 1991 by director and conductor Peter G Dyson. It instantly established itself as one of the capital’s finest chamber orchestras, and the in-house performers at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Their fortnightly concerts are amongst the most visited in London. The ensemble is largely drawn from exceptional young musicians between their time at conservatoire and in a full-time orchestra, and provides an important service in helping such players to secure a position. Helen Davies is the leader of the Trafalgar Sinfonia, and a guest principal of the Belmont. In 2000, she was awarded a Churchill Trust Fellowship to fund her studies.
The concert will open vivaciously with Vivaldi’s Autumn and Winter, before Corelli’s meltingly beautiful Christmas Concerto is played in full. Then follows a collection of beloved fixtures – Bach’s Air on the G String, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Pachelbel’s Canon – mixed with seasonally themed masterworks. Vivaldi’s Christmas Violin Concerto is full of his signature keening violin parts, and bursts with exuberance. The little-known Giuseppe Torelli’s own Christmas Concerto is a mellower proposition, which evokes the snow-doused landscapes of midwinter. Two pieces from Handel complete the programme – the Overture and Christmas Sinfonia from Messiah and the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon. This promises to be an evening of unrelenting magnificence.
|What||Boxing Day Baroque By Candlelight, St Martin-in-the-Fields|
|Where||St Martin in the Field, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ, London, WC2N 4JJ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
On 26 Dec 14, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the St Martin-in-the-Fields’ website|