To A Nordic Princess

Saturday August 27th 2022 at 3.30pm

Venue: St. George’s Anglican Church. Warncliffe Road, East Ivanhoe

Conducter: Stephen Carpenter

Guest Conductor: Greg Peterson 

Guest  Clarinet Soloist: Amy Barry

Guest  Organ Soloist: Rowan Kidd


“To A Nordic Princess”

Dmitri Shostakovich was a much-persecuted composer in his home country – Russia. Stalin directed this persecution personally and despite the enormous pressures applied to Shostakovich, to come in line with the party politick, he wrote music of incredible power and emotion. Festive Overture, written in 1947 to mark the 30th anniversary of the October Revolution, will begin this concert by Heidelberg Wind Ensemble. The program moves from celebratory to Woolfenden’s “SPQR”, a nod to England’s celebration of Warwickshire County’s Roman history, SPQR, (Senātus Populusque Rōmānus), progressing to a composition inspired by the music of the hard-rock band of the 1970s Led Zeppelin, the brilliant & electric Black Dog, featuring our guest Clarinet Soloist, Amy Barry. The première work in tonight’s program is by Percy Grainger (his “Loving gift to Ella Viola Strom, my sweet wife to be ”To a Nordic Princess”) Finally, the immensely powerful “Divertimento for Winds and Percussion” by Cichy.

Tonight’s program features the Organ Solo skills of one of the Heidelberg Wind Ensemble members, Rowan Kidd, performing on the St. George Pipe Organ.

“To A Nordic Princess”

 Shostakovich: “Festive Overture”

  • Woolfenden: “SPQR”
  1. Fosse Way
  2. Notturno
  3. Via Appia
  • McAlister: “Black Dog”

        Clarinet Soloist: Amy Barry

  • Woolfenden: “Illyrian Dances” Conductor: Greg Peterson
  1. Rondeau
  2. Aubade
  3. Gigue
  • Peterson: “70 Letters” Conductor: Greg Peterson
  • Boysen: “Three Folk Settings for Band” Conductor: Greg Peterson
  1. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
  2. All the Pretty Little Horses
  3. Scarborough Fair
  • Grainger: “To A Nordic Princess” (Wind Band – World Première)

Arr. for wind band by S.G. Carpenter

  • Hindemith: Selected Organ Solo Work,
  • Bossi: “Etude Symphonique”, Op. 78

(Organist. Rowan Kidd)

  • Cichy: “Divertimento for Winds and Percussion”
  1. Exaltation
  2. Follies
  3. Remembrance
  4. Salutation