FOR his final concert performance as conductor of The Sinfonia of St Mary's, Russell Jory has selected a popular classic programme, strong on melody and colour.
The concert is on Saturday, January 5, at 7.30pm at St Mary's Church, Penzance, in aid of the church restoration fund. Admission £7 (accompanied children free).
It will feature pianist Paul Comeau of Truro as soloist in Beethoven's 'The Emperor' Concerto. Paul appears frequently as a concerto soloist and professional accompanist in Cornwall. His performances have included four of the five Beethoven concertos and he is particularly interested in chamber music.
He is also in demand as a continuo player. His music has appeared on three discs, the most recent of which, A Year At York, has just been released.
He is a distinguished teacher and was awarded the Gorsedd Shield for outstanding services to music in Cornwall in 2009.
"His performance of the massive Beethoven concerto is sure to be thrilling," adds Mr Jory.
The leader is Jenny Rapson and the Sinfonia was founded by Mr Jory, with the late Joyce Preston, in September 1987. The players , who all give their services free, come from throughout Cornwall.
"As this is my last concert before retiring, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the players," Mr Jory remarked.
"It has been a joy and privilege to have had the opportunity of working with such talented, dedicated and loyal musicians. My thanks also go to our very supportive audiences and to the ever-welcoming church authorities."
This is the over 50-strong Sinfonia's 61st concert. The programme opens with Mendelssohn's Wedding March, and concludes with Elgar's Imperial March. Among other well-loved choices are Finlandia by Sibelius , the stirring Solemn Melody by Walford Davies, Nimrod (Elgar) and the delightful Strauss Emperor Waltz, together with the great operatic Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana by Mascagni.