City of Southampton Orchestra - Titanic Centenary Concert

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 - 7:30pm

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As the concert publicised below has now sold out, you might be interested in another concert being held to mark Titanic 2012. Southampton Concert Orchestra is performing Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, Dvorak's New World Symphony, The Adagietto from Mahler's Symphony No. 5, and Byar's The Sinking of the Titanic at the Guildhall on April 14th.

Titanic Centenary Concert

Tuesday April 10th 2012, 7:30pm

Queen Elizabeth Terminal, Southampton Docks

City of Southampton Orchestra
Titanic Chorus (composed of singers drawn from Southampton Philharmonic Choir, Taunton's Community Choir, Romsey Choral Society and Basingstoke Choral Society

Conductor: John Traill
Soprano: Jane Streeton
Baritone: Mark Oldfield

Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony


The City Of Southampton Orchestra will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sailing of the Titanic from Southampton on 10th April 1912 with a very special concert. In a joint event with Associated British Ports and Brazier Interiors they present a concert from the Queen Elizabeth Terminal, overlooking the berth from which the Titanic set sail.

“Behold, the sea…”

The orchestra will be joined in Vaughan Williams' magnificent Sea Symphony by soloists Jane Streeton (soprano) and Mark Oldfield (baritone) as well as a specially formed “Titanic Chorus” made up of members of Southampton Philharmonic Choir, Taunton's Community Choir, Romsey Choral Society and Basingstoke Choral Society. The symphony combines the quintessentially English music of Vaughan Williams with texts by American poet Walt Whitman — a fitting tribute to the Titanic and the spirit of adventure of those sailing on her.

The evening will commence with an ‘embarkation experience’ with drinks reception and palm court music from the White Star song book. Greyladyes Arts Foundation will present an exhibition reflecting the dockside experience of 1912, and members of the Sarah Siddons Theatre Company which specialises in reconstructing Southampton's history will be enacting characters of the time.

Following the exhibition, there will be a performance of a short piece inspired by the Titanic story composed by Ian Towson, a double bass player in the orchestra. This piece has developed from music written for a performance of the Sarah Siddons Theatre Company in April this year. There will then be a short dedication by a member of the Southampton clergy before the performance of the Sea Symphony.


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