A performance by Solihull Symphony Orchestra earlier this year has been selected for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 next week as part of Play to the Nation, a series highlighting some of the best amateur orchestras in the UK. Förväntan (Expectation) from the 1 March 2008 concert in Shirley Methodist Church with cellist Corinne Frost will be played during Performance on 3 on the evening of Monday 13 October
Play to the Nation aims to show off the vibrant, diverse and often excellent activity of amateur orchestras around the UK.
Building on the Listen Up! festivals in 2004 and 2006, which also celebrated the enormous part amateur orchestras play in British cultural life, Making Music members were invited to send in recordings of their performances.
Throughout October, following the main evening concert from the UK’s top professional orchestras, Performance on 3 is featuring some of these recordings.
Förväntan, which literally translates as 'looking forward' or 'expectation' was first performed at the composer's wedding and this unpublished arrangement for cello and strings was played by Corinne Frost with special permission fom the composer.
Sven Fridolfsson (born 1963) is known in Sweden as a jazz saxophonist and since 1990, jointly with his wife Johanna, he has been director of the Lutheran Mission Church Choir in Gothenburg. Composed to celebrate his marriage, Förväntan is written in a single reflective movement, ending with a simple rising intonation from the cello, questioning and inviting.
Conductor and musical director Martin Leigh said: "The invitation to be part of 'Play to the Nation' is wonderful recognition of the energy, commitment, and ability of the Solihull Symphony. The orchestra is an integral part of Solihull life, and it is a great honour to share our music-making nationally."
The orchestra's next concert in Shirley Methodist Church is on Satuday, November 29 featuring Vaughan-Williams London Symphony and Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs. Further details are available at www.solihullsymphony.org.uk.