RETURN OF THE SYMPHONY
ASSEMBLY HALL, WORTHING
Sunday 10th October 2021 at 2.45pm
Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in Bb major
Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Strauss II Neue Pizzicato Polka
Haydn Symphony No. 64 in A major ‘Tempora Mutantur’
Weber Clarinet Concertino in Eb major
Soloist: IAN SCOTT (clarinet)
The professional Orchestra of West Sussex celebrates its return to live performance with Beethoven’s joyous 4th Symphony, a brilliant work unjustly overshadowed by the 3rd and 5th, but sparkling with a vivacity and positivity that makes it a truly uplifting work.
Beethoven was influenced by late Haydn symphonies in the 4th Symphony, so it is fitting that the Orchestra is also playing Haydn’s extraordinary 64th Symphony which makes a truly apt statement for the return of WSO. In the original parts, in the Esterhazy archive, Haydn wrote “Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis. Quomodo? Fit semper tempore peior homo” - “The times change, and we change with them. How? Time passing makes mankind worse.” This spirited 4 movement symphony contains a beautiful slow movement that plays with our expectations of the ending of phases.
Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik is justly loved the world over for its poise, beautiful melodies and its use in such programmes as Radio 4’s “Brain of Britain”. Mozart’s wife, Constanze, was a cousin of Carl Maria von Weber, whose dazzling Concertino in Eb for clarinet and orchestra stars WSO’s principal Clarinettist Ian Scott. Ian is also the principal clarinet of the Royal Ballet and has made a number of acclaimed recordings of British clarinet concertos. Finally, the tip-toeing style of Johann Strauss’s Neue Pizzicato Polka matches our tentative steps back to the joy of live orchestral music .
The back half of the stalls, in the new seating plan, allows some spacing with only alternate rows available for sale. The Balcony and the front stalls are fully available.
Ian Scott is the Principal Clarinet of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, The Orchestra of St .John's, The Worthing Symphony Orchestra and a regular Guest Principal with all of London’s major orchestras.
He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at the University of Arizona, winning major prizes at both. He was invited by the conductor Claudio Scimone to become Principal Clarinet with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, where he played for six years.
He has appeared as soloist with I Solisti Veneti and the Orchestra da Camera di Padova in Italy, The Gulbenkian Orchestra in Portugal and on tour to the Far East, and with numerous orchestras in Britain, including The BBC Concert Orchestra, The Royal Ballet Sinfonia, London Musici, The City of Oxford Orchestra, The Northern Sinfonia and The Guildford Philharmonic.
His recording for ASV White Line of British Clarinet Concertos with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Gavin Sutherland was released in April 2003. His recording for the Dutton Epoch label is called English Clarinet Concertos and includes world premiere recordings of the concertos by Leighton Lucas and Humphrey Procter-Gregg with Barry Wordsworth conducting The Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
His latest disc for clarinet and orchestra “From Russia” features works by Rimsky Korsakov and Tchaikovsky and has recently been released on the Divine Art label