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Saturday 26 October: 8:00pm - 10:00pm

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, CB3 9DP

Judith Weir - Heroic Strokes of the Bow,
Rossini - Bassoon Concerto
Beethoven - Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’.

Cambridge University Orchestra
Jonathan Bloxham, conductor
Francis Bushell, bassoon

Beethoven’s 'Eroica' marks a paradigm shift in musical thinking. Ushering in the Romantic era with its unparalleled heights of emotion and compositional virtuosity. As its title suggests, it is a work that typifies the change in nineteenth century perceptions of the artist, once seen as mere artisan, now a heroic figure.

Judith Weir drew inspiration for her 1992 work, Heroic Strokes of the Bow from the 1938 painting of the same name (Heroische Bogenstriche) by Paul Klee. She comments on the act of changing painting into music: “My piece is not principally meant as a depiction of the picture, but rather as a literal response to the title, with its suggestions of excessive physical energy applied to a small piece of wood. Accordingly, energetic violins predominate.”

The Bassoon Concerto of Giacomo Rossini was reportedly written as a piece for bassoonist Nazzareno Gatti’s graduation from music school in Bologna. And while this origin, or, indeed, even its attribution to Rossini, remains unverified, the work stands as a bridge from student life to adulthood - appropriate for our youthful soloist Francis Bushell, 2018 BBC Young Musician of the year woodwind finalist and CUMS concerto prize-winner, who is changing audience perceptions of the bassoon.

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Age: All ages, Performance, Arrive on time, £20, £14, £10, concessions: £18, £12, £8. Students and under-18s: £5