When Sarum Orchestra asked their clarinettist Sarah Homer (formerly Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and 80s band "Loose Tubes"; currently Django Bates' band "Delightful Precipice" and Musical Director - Globe Theatre) to compose a piece for them, she chose to base it on the early 19th century local legend "The Odstock Curse" with its gypsies, the hanging of the innocent Joshua Scamp and the curse by the Gipsy Queen on anyone who locked the church door.
Sarah's piece tells the story through instrumentals, songs and dances performed by a fantastic line-up of musicians including percussionist Martin France (Professor of Drums - Royal Academy of Music), bass player Tim Harries ("Steeleye Span"; currently playing with Katie Melua, Brian Eno, Mike Westbrook among others), Sarah herself as the Gypsy Queen and a group of her fellow Sarum Orchestra players.
The Family Concert (3.00pm) is a great opportunity for children to be part of an afternoon of music making with some of the most brilliant musicians of today – listening, playing and singing along. Based on themes from The Odstock Curse, the afternoon is led by Howard Moody with his huge experience of bringing music alive for children. It will be a very exciting hour! Tickets: £5
The Evening Concert (7.30pm) brings the first full performance of The Odstock Curse. The concert opens with Shostakovich's deeply personal Piano Quintet in G minor played by Howard Moody and string quartet. Written in 1940, this work is a testimony to life under another curse - the curse of terror – albeit music full of beauty, serenity and humour. Tickets: £15.50; under 25s £5
March 6 will be a really special day at Salisbury Arts Centre with the premiere of Sarah Homer’s piece, so firmly rooted in this locality but already making waves on the national music scene. Join Sarum Orchestra in this exploration and celebration of a story which, as readers of this newsletter, is part of your community’s heritage.
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