WSO: The Sceptred Isle

Worthing Symphony Orchestra

WSO: The Sceptred Isle


23 April 2023


2:45 PM


Assembly Hall


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Suitable for all ages


135 minutes

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  • Description

Worthing Symphony Orchestra’s season finale with spectacular pianist Arta Arnicane

Soloist: Arta Arnicane (piano)
Conductor: John Gibbons
Leader: Julian Leaper

The final concert of WSO’s 2022/23 Season welcomes Latvian pianist Arta Arnicane, who was the winner of the 1st Sussex International Piano Competition, and is well known to local audiences for her dazzling, intensely musical performances. She returns to Worthing to play Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. Composed in Switzerland in 1934, it comprises 24 variations on the 24th Caprice for solo violin by Paganini. It includes the sublime 18th Variation, often included on its own in classical compilations. Here the theme is turned upside and given the full romantic treatment.

Edward Elgar’s great Symphony No.1 in Ab major was a major sensation when premiered by the Halle Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter in 1908. A few days later, at the first rehearsal with the London Symphony Orchestra, Richter declared “Gentlemen, let us now rehearse the greatest symphony of modern times, written by the greatest modern composer – and not only in this country.”

William Walton’s Coronation March Crown Imperial was composed in 1937 for the Coronation of Geoge VI and has deservedly remained one of the most popular pieces in the genre

This concert also includes a true rarity: the Sussex Overture by Sussex resident Harold Whibley who died in Worthing in 1984.

William Walton Crown Imperial
Harold Wibley Sussex Overture
Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Edward Elgar Symphony No. 1 in Ab major

Individual concert bookings for Worthing Symphony Society Members will be available online from Monday 11th July 2022, 10am. For full season bookings, please contact the Box Office.

Full season bookings for the general public (via the Box Office) – available from Friday 8th July 2022, 10am.
Individual concert bookings for the general public (online) – available from Friday 15th July 2022, 10am.

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Sun 23 Apr 2023

2:45 PM