Full programme

  • Handel, Let the Bright Seraphim  (6mins)
  • Handel, Lascia Ch'io Pianga from Rinaldo  (6mins)
  • Mozart, The Marriague of Figaro Overture  (5mins)
  • Mozart, Parto, Parto  (7mins)
  • Donizetti, Don Pasquale Overture  (6mins)
  • Donizetti, Prelude Act 2 from Don Pasquale  (3mins)
  • Rossini, The Barber of Seville Overture  (8mins)
  • Rossini, Una Voce poco Fa from The Barber of Seville  (6mins)
  • Bizet, Habanera from Carmen  (5mins)
  • Rota, Love Theme from the Godfather  (4mins)
  • Piazzolla, Libertango  (3mins)
  • Piaf, La Vie en Rose  (4mins)
  • Rodgers/Hammerstein, You’ll never walk alone from Carousel  (3mins)
  • Rodgers/Hartz, My Funny Valentine from Babes in Arms  (5mins)
  • Gershwin, Summertime from Porgy and Bess  (3mins)
  • Kern/Harbach, Smoke Get’s In Your Eyes from Roberta  (4mins)
  • Kern/Hammerstein, Can’t Help Loving That Man from Showboat  (5mins)
  • Lara, Granada  (4mins)

Performers

Introduction

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my absolute pleasure to perform for you alongside the incomparable Danielle de Niese, under the baton of Maestro Michael Seal with the sensational City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The journey from Baroque to Broadway encapsulates not just the evolution of musical styles but also the cultural and societal shifts that have influenced music over centuries.

As we embark on this journey from the glorious works of Handel to the timeless melodies of Broadway, the opportunity to collaborate with such esteemed colleagues fills me with great excitement.

Each composer featured in tonight's program has left an indelible mark on the musical landscape of their respective eras. Their contributions have shaped the course of music history, influencing generations of musicians and listeners alike.

It is a privilege for us to interpret their work, paying homage to their creativity, innovation and enduring legacy.

For me, as a trumpeter, this repertoire offers a myriad of challenges and opportunities for artistic exploration, each piece demands a unique approach, pushing me to delve deeper into the essence of the music.

Collaborating with Danielle de Niese adds an extra layer of excitement to this event. Her unparalleled vocal prowess and magnetic stage presence promise to elevate the music to new heights, creating moments of pure enchantment that will linger in the hearts of our audience long after the final notes have faded.

Together, we invite you to join us on this extraordinary musical adventure, with each note, we aim to take you on a journey through time, united by the universal language of music.


Where have I Heard it Before?

Bizet's Habanera

You'll know Bizet's Habanera from Sesame Street, Up, and Train Spotting. It was also reworked by French pop superstar Stromae in his song Carmen.

Rota, Love Theme from the Godfather

Produced for the 1972 film, the score was nominated for an Academy Award, but it had to be removed when it transpired that Rota had used the same melody in a score for a 1958 film, Fortunella.

Piaf, La Vie en Rose

Piaf's instantly recognisable hit has featured in numerous TV shows as well as blockbusters such as X-Men: First Class, Mission Impossible: Fallout and The Bucket List.

Rodgers/Hammerstein, You'll Never Walk Alone

Covered by the likes of Sinatra and Elvis, this piece has become an anthem synonymous with Liverpool Football Club. It became even more embedded within their history after the Hillsborough Disaster of 1989.

Rodgers/Hartz

Appearing over over 1300 albums performed by 600 artists this iconic show tune has been popular in TV. Featuring in The Simpsons, Grey's Anatomy, Homeland and Desperate Housewives.

Gershwin, Summertime

This is one of the most covered songs in history, with well over 2000 official recordings, from The Beatles to Lana Del Rey. It also featured in the soundtrack to the 2003 comedy Stuck on You.


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