One of Australia’s most distinguished mezzo-sopranos, Adelaide’s own Elizabeth Campbell will team up with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra when the talented 80-piece ensemble takes to the stage at Elder Hall on Saturday June 29 to present its Maestro Series 2 Britannia concert – under the baton of guest conductor, Nicholas Braithwaite.
London-born but a resident of Adelaide since 1991, Braithwaite is looking forward to working with AdYO’s young musicians (aged between 13 & 24) and presenting a diverse program in which he’ll re-visit a number of works he’s conducted with other orchestras throughout his 50 year career.
“When I was younger a lot of people guided my musical development and I’m thrilled to be able to make my own contribution now,” says Braithwaite. “Young musicians are always so keen to discover everything music has to offer and their enthusiasm can be incredibly energising – so I know this experience will be just as rewarding for me.”
The Britannia program includes rarely performed British works like CV Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody No 4 – The Fisherman of Lough Neagh and what he saw – which was one of the first pieces Braithwaite recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra – and more famous works like Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures song cycle – which will showcase Campbell’s superb voice.
Rounding out the program will be Vaughan William’s popular concert work Overture to the Wasps and another of Elgar’s works – the elegant, military-styled Pomp & Circumstance March No 2.
“Nicholas and Elizabeth are both highly sought after performers, so it’s a real coup to have them working with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra,” says AdYO’s Artistic Director, Associate Professor Keith Crellin OAM. “Having an opera singer of Elizabeth’s calibre involved adds a whole new dimension to performing as an orchestra and, with Nicholas at the helm, this collaboration will be an invaluable experience for our players – especially those forging professional music careers.”
Maestro Series 2: Britannia
Saturday 29 June 2013, 6.30pm
Tickets: Adult $10-$25
Book at BASS; phone 131 246