A Summer Solstice Showcase with The Yorkshire Philharmonic Orchestra



Sunday 21 June at 7pm

Formerly the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, the Yorkshire Philharmonic brings together talented musicians from all walks of life from all over the county. With some of the best talent Yorkshire has to offer they strive to put on accessible concerts of the utmost quality for all to enjoy.

Their Summer Solstice Showcase will be at the Grand Opera House, York on 21st June, 2015 including Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan & Ludmila.  They are a paid, freelance ensemble. Each member can vote on important issues regarding repertoire, rehearsals, payment models or even guest conductors. The orchestra is run by professional orchestra managers and consultants and over time, the YPO hopes to replicate the success of the original Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, showcasing talent from throughout the region and becoming a full-time professional symphony orchestra.

They are a community driven project that relies on funding/ticket sales to pay our musicians and put on concerts.  They love collaboration and want to live up to their philharmonic title, striving for professional musical standards they have a very ambitious long term plan and want to represent Yorkshire’s fantastic classical musical heritage across the country.


Glinka: Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “New World”


Conductor: Alexander Conway

On the 2015 Summer Solstice, the Yorkshire Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting a showcase programme to celebrate the longest day of the year:

The programme begins with Glinka’s fast and furious Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla, inspired by the juxtaposition of hustling servants and elegant stately dances at a grand wedding Glinka attended in Russia. It is a celebratory, virtuosic overture to put the new philharmonic through its paces and open the season.

With 85 years between Beethoven’s 6th and Dvorak’s 9th, the programme presents a chance to hear the musical progression of the symphonic form. Whilst they are similar in many respects they also differ wildly and use repetition to achieve very different effects. It’s hard to believe that Beethoven composed the Pastorale symphony alongside his monumental fifth symphony, he was simultaneously pushing different musical horizons to their limits and beyond. In the Pastorale symphony we are given a glimpse of the other, calmer more reflective side of Beethoven. Dvorak’s 9th symphony, the only symphony to travel to the moon and back, has earned its place as a canonic musical work. Influenced by Native American music and African American spirituals the Symphony (like Beethoven’s 6th) transcends many cultural boundaries to create a work full of variation and life.

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