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Saturday 30 March 7.30pm

Winchmore String Orchestra concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Winchmore Hill Methodist Church, Green Lanes N13 4EP  

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Serenade. Sweet music wafted on a warm evening breeze. That is the image the word conjures up. Music for relaxation and indulgence. Music for sitting back and enjoying. Which is why so many composers have turned their hands to it. And two examples of it appear in our next concert, on a balmy (we hope) spring evening.

The name comes from the Italian “serenata”, which in turn is derived from the word for evening, “sera”, and is related to “serene”. Probably the most famous serenade in the repertoire is Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, which literally means “a little night-music”.

But our programme will feature two less often heard ones, in quite different styles, showing how wide is the scope for composers to express themselves through this form.

The first is from the 20th century, and if you are a TV-watcher of a certain age you may find the last movement pleasingly familiar. It is by the Swedish composer, Dag WIREN, whose wide output included symphonies and film scores, and who once said his aim was “to entertain and please”. Not a bad job description for a serenade-writer. The other, amiable and slightly tinged with melancholy, is by the late-19th century Russian, Vasily KALINNIKOV. MOZART does figure in the programme, albeit with his Divertimento in D. But what’s in a name? This cheerful piece ticks all the boxes for a serenade.

The programme also includes the Oboe Concerto in D by Alessandro MARCELLO, a contemporary of Vivaldi and Bach, with Joel Wilson as the soloist. Some will remember his appearance with us three years ago, jointly with his sister Jessie-May playing the flute. And finally a little piece by SIBELIUS, called simply Impromptu.

The customary raffle will be in aid of MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT.

TICKETS at the door are £10, with concessions at £8, but £9 and £7 if bought in advance; children under 12 are welcome free. For advance tickets please ring 0208 882 0351, or email .

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