RTWSO: Great Orchestral Classics
After an enforced break of 18 months due to the pandemic closures and lock downs we are delighted to be able to welcome you back to this very special season. RTWSO’s Centenary Season opens with some terrific classics from three really great composers. A real highlight of this opening concert is the mighty 2nd Piano Concerto by Brahms. Internationally renowned pianist Freddy Kempf, a regular guest with the orchestra for many years, returns to Tunbridge Wells as soloist in this brilliant ‘tour de force’.
Tannhäuser Overture – Wagner
The Noon Witch – Dvořák
Hungarian Dances No1 & No4 – Brahms
Piano Concerto No2 – Brahms
Conductor: Roderick Dunk Soloist: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
Roderick Dunk is the RTWSO Music Director and one of Britain’s most versatile conductors, with a repertoire encompassing a diverse range of musical genres. He has conducted numerous British orchestras including the BBC CO, Hallé, CBSO, RLPO, RPO, LSO, BBC SSO, RSNO, RN Sinfonia, Northern Ballet and the Orchestra of Opera North. Abroad he has conducted orchestras in Ireland, Norway, Finland, Germany and Italy and as far afield as Bangkok and Hong Kong. For 25 years, he was a frequent guest conductor for the BBC’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ and during that time conducted around 200 broadcasts. Roderick is also a prolific arranger and his scores are now performed by orchestras all over the world.
Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer who is not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist. Freddy has collaborated with conductors such as Dutoit, Petrenko, Davis, Sinaisky, Chailly, Tortelier, Sawallisch, Buribayev and Simonov, and has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious musical institutions including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, La Scala Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic.