WORLD renowned cellist Jamie Walton, is teaming up with the orchestra to play Tchaikovsky’s much admired Variations on a Rococo Theme at Holy Trinity Church, Ripon on Saturday, July 2 as part of Ripon’s St Cecilia Orchestra’s annual “Summer Serenade.
Described as a “knockout talent and consummate musician,” Ripon’s St Cecilia Orchestra conductor Xenophon Kelsey said: “Jamie Walton is a rising international soloist and it is really exciting that this young musician, who has played in some of the world’s leading concert halls, is coming to Ripon to delight us with a piece that is the closest that Tchaikovsky ever came to writing a full concerto for cello.”
The style of the Variations was inspired by Mozart. Other pieces in the concert include Brahms’s Serenade in A major, with its wonderful, rich and romantic textures – rarely played because it features only the lower strings of the orchestra.
Also appearing is young soloist Jon Jones, who will be performing Weber’s famous Bassoon Concerto. Jon is in his third year at Royal Northern College of Music.
“St Cecilia Orchestra is not only committed to supporting young artists who are about to leave university but also supporting international players.
“That’s why, at our last concert in Ripon Cathedral, we raised over £500 for the victims of the New Zealand and Japanese earthquakes, ” said Xen Kelsey.
This fascinating programme ends with Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, Number 94 in G, written in 1791 in London.