RTWSO: Invitation to the Dance
As well as enjoying a long association with the RTWSO, Barry Wordsworth was for many years, Music Director of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden and Birmingham Royal Ballet. There is no one more at home with this glittering programme of music inspired by dance, from the steamy Tangos of Piazzolla, through the light-hearted and tuneful ballet music of Pineapple Poll, to the fiery Spanish rhythms of Manuel De Falla. The extremely versatile violinist Thomas Gould marks this year’s Piazzolla Centenary for us in that composer’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, and there is even a rather spooky Danse Macabre to acknowledge Halloween. If you love dance, you are certain to love this!
Invitation to the Dance – Weber
Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – Piazzolla
Danse Macabre – Saint-Saens
Pineapple Poll (Suite) – Sullivan/Mackerras
Valse Triste – Sibelious
Three Dances from ‘The Three Cornered Hat’ – De Falla
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth Soloist: Thomas Gould (Violin)
Barry Wordsworth is Principal Guest Conductor of The Royal Ballet, having previously served as the company’s Music Director from 1990 to 1995 and from 2007 to 2015. He is also Conductor Laureate of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the Brighton Philharmonic and Music Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet.He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras both in the UK and overseas, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and the Sydney Symphony.
One of the most versatile and original violinists of his generation, Thomas Gould has forged an unusually varied career that encompasses directing, leading, playing concertos, chamber and new music, and also working in jazz and other non-classical genres. This will be his second performance with the RTWSO, following a successful debut in 2015 in which he played Haydn’s Concerto in C major and Arvo Pärt Fratres. As concerto soloist Thomas has performed with orchestras internationally including the LA Phil New Music Group, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and in the UK, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.