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Spring concert
Saturday 26 March

Deddington church

Humperdinck: Overture to Hansel and Gretel
Tchaikovsky: Symphonic Fantasia, The Tempest
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Programme notes

The Banbury Symphony Orchestra invites you to its Spring concert on 26 March in Deddington Church.


The programme begins with Humperdinck’s overture to his opera ‘Hansel and Gretel’, based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale. Although Humperdinck wrote a number of stage works, his fame now rests principally on this one work, for which the overture is a fine entree. Skilfully constructed and full of memorable tunes, it easily stands alone as a concert piece.

Tchaikovsky was a great admirer of Shakespeare. He wrote his Symphonic Fantasia ‘The Tempest’ in 1873, a few years after his better-known ‘Romeo and Juliet’ overture-fantasy. Similar in structure to the latter, The Tempest contains themes depicting the stillness of the ship at sea, the grotesque nature of Caliban, and the love between Ferdinand and Miranda. 

Jean Sibelius had high expectations placed on him after the success of his nationalist tone-poem ‘Finlandia’ in 1900. He duly obliged, following Finlandia with his Symphony No 2, premiered in March 1902. Sibelius himself described his second symphony as ‘a confession of the soul’. It contains many innovations, which were to continue and develop through Sibelius’s symphonic career. An enormous range of orchestral colours and moods are covered within the four movements, before the final radiant and triumphant conclusion.


Tickets are £10 and 18s and under remain FREE!

Advance booking strongly recommended.


We would encourage our audience members to wear a mask where possible to protect yourself and others and reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you feel unwell.