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Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 7.30pm

Bizet                          Carmen Suite

Sibelius                     Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky              Sleeping Beauty – Waltz

Sibelius                     Swan of Tuonela

Alwyn                        Symphony No. 3 

Nicola Benedetti returns to Worthing’s Assembly Hall to perform Sibelius’s awe-inspiring Violin Concerto in D minor.   Perhaps best known for Finlandia, Sibelius composed eight symphonies, a large number of tone poems and a considerable number of other orchestral works.  The composer himself was a superb violinist and his skill with the instrument is evident in this exhilarating work.


Bizet’s Carmen is arguably one of the best known operas in the world and The Suite reflects the excitement of Gypsy Life and the sorrow of unrequited love.

Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz reflects the joy of Sleeping Beauty waking from her enforced sleep and the love she finds thereafter.  Sibelius’s Swan of Tuonela, one of seven symphonic poems, tells of the land of the dead and the swan that glides across a black flood whilst singing.


William Alwyn’s powerful Symphony No. 3 was written partly in London and partly on the Isle of Wight and reflects upon Alwyn’s past while also looking to the future.  This symphony was conducted by WSOs Principal Conductor John Gibbons, on BBC Radio 3 in recent times.

Photo: Decca / Simon Fowler


.... is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical music stars today.

With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. 

Nicola was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, the youngest ever recipient, and was appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours, in recognition of her international music career and work with musical charities throughout the United Kingdom.

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