The programme for HSO's concert in May 2020 was specially chosen by Paul Adrian Rooke to celebrate his 75th birthday. Following his death in November 2019 the orchestra planned to dedicate this concert to his memory. Unfortunately, however, the Covid-19 pandemic meant the HSO committee had to take the sad decision to cancel both our May and November concerts in 2020.
Our concert to remember Paul was therefore rescheduled for 27 November 2021 and we were delighted to welcome members of his family, including children, grandchildren and brother, in the audience. Boughton’s A Summer Night and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, with soloist Fenella Humphreys, were originally chosen by Paul for May 2020. To complete the revised programme we chose Paul’s own Saxophone Concerto, with soloist Alison Eales, and a work by a favourite composer of his, Elgar's ‘Enigma’ Variations.
Paul gave so much time and energy to HSO and this concert sadly marked the end of an era. However, we must also note that Saturday was Rowan Baker’s first concert with the orchestra, despite officially becoming HSO’s conductor in January 2020! Hopefully this is the start of another long and successful partnership.
The date of our next concert is 14 May 2022, with programme details coming soon.
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