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Ready... Set... Works!

3rd April 2023, 7pm

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ORCHESTRA LEADER: Maureen McGranaghan

Orchestra NorthWest is an ambitious orchestral project which launched in May 2019. The orchestra offers an exciting range of performance, workshop and learning opportunities for local musicians in Derry, Strabane, Donegal and the wider North West region. Based in a region rich in musical heritage and talent, Orchestra NorthWest seeks to showcase the vast wealth of musical talent, experience and enthusiasm that exists in all walks of life.

ONW is managed by the Allegri Arts Organisation


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Tonight's event is part-funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Project Fund.

We are grateful to them for their support.


Tonight's programme

1. Mozart: Symphony no. 39 in Eb major - 1st movement

Composed in 1788 - the last year of Mozart’s life - Symphony no. 39 is often regarded as one of his greatest achievements in the genre. However, it was not very well received by the public at the time. It was not until after Mozart’s death that the symphony gained the recognition it deserved, and it is now considered one of his most popular and enduring works.

2. Beethoven: Symphony no.3 in Eb major - 4th movement

Beethoven's third symphony, also known as the "Eroica," was composed between 1803 and 1804, during a time of great political and social upheaval in Europe. The composition of the "Eroica" was a turning point for Beethoven, both artistically and personally and remains a testament to his belief in the power of human freedom and the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

3. Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Brahms' Academic Festival Overture is a lively and exuberant orchestral work that was composed in 1880. The piece was written as a musical thank-you note to the University of Breslau, which had awarded Brahms an honorary doctorate in philosophy. It is a joyous and celebratory work that perfectly captures the spirit of a festive occasion. It remains one of Brahms' most popular and enduring compositions, and is frequently performed by orchestras around the world.

4. Coates: Dam Busters March

The "Dam Busters March" is a composition by British composer Eric Coates, which was written in 1955 as the theme for the British war film "The Dam Busters." It is a stirring, patriotic composition that has become an iconic piece of music in British popular culture.

5. ‘A Tribute to John Williams’ - adapted by Paul Lavender

John Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest film composers of all time. He has composed the scores for some of the most successful and iconic films in history, including Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Harry Potter, and Indiana Jones. Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven BAFTA Awards, and 25 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most decorated composers in the history of cinema. His music is renowned for its memorable melodies, emotional depth, and orchestral grandeur, and has become an integral part of popular culture.

Thank you for supporting tonight's event!

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