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Bournville String Orchestra

Violins against violence, harps against hunger, Steve Beauchampé previews some good music for a good cause, performed by people young enough to still believe they can make a difference.

This orchestra, comprising around thirty mainly current and former local university music students (Grade 7 or above), comes together annually under the auspices of Selly Oak-based music teacher Lucy Akehurst and - swapping his cello for the baton - Birmingham’s Alpesh Chauhan (currently studying at Manchester’s Northern College of Music). This year’s show takes place at George Cadbury Hall, an appropriate venue given Cadbury’s unparalleled record of altruism amongst Birmingham’s business and religious communities. As in 2008, the performance is a fundraiser for Christian Aid and Save the Children, with the programme comprising five works from across the classical spectrum.

Warlock - Capriol Suite
Wirén - Serenade for Strings
Albinoni - Oboe Concerto in D minor Soloist: George Caird
Mahler - Adagietto from Fifth Symphony Harpist: Robert Johnston
Parry - An English Suite

Not an ensemble to showcase the easy, populist canon (last year’s programme featured lesser known works by Bartok and William Lloyd Webber), the BSO once again eschews the Classic FM playlist, with renowned oboist George Caird soloing during the Albioni (the first time the orchestra has worked with a figure of such stature) and Robert Johnston, Principal Harpist at the CBSO, adding weight to the diverse talent already at Akehurst’s disposal for the challenge of Mahler, whose Fifth Symphony Adagietto’s incessant tempo changes providing a rigorous workout for the players.

George Cadbury Hall, Bristol Road South, Selly Oak Saturday September 5th 2009 19:30

Tickets (£10/£7.50p, including a glass of wine or juice during the intermission) will be available on the door.

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