"Inspirational godfather" of the double bass joins Marlborough orchestra for their Christmas concert
Marlborough Concert Orchestra at St Mary's Church, Marlborough (7.30pm.) This concerto was premiered in Moscow in 1905.David Heyes has been called the "inspirational godfather of the international double bass world". On Saturday, December 5, he will be playing Serge Koussevitsky's popular Double Bass Concerto with the
A much-revered teacher at Wells Cathedral School, Heyes' collaborative work gained him a prestigious award from the David Walter Charitable Trust of New York for his pioneering activities as a soloist, teacher and commissioner of new music for double bass. He is also a music publisher - founder the publishing company Recital Music, which has the world's largest catalogue of double bass music.
He works with composers throughout the world and is particularly interested in expanding the double bass repertoire by commissioning new works and rediscovering forgotten ones. Since 1990 more than 500 works have been written for him and he has premiered nine contemporary concertos.
Marlborough Concert Orchestra's Christmas concert will also include lively pieces such as Ferdinand Hérold's clog dance from the comic ballet La Fille Mal Gardée, two of Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann overture and Christmas themed music such as Sergei Prokofiev's Troika or Sleigh Ride.
Marlborough Concert Orchestra’s Conductor is Roselise Gentile, an Italian musician who has specialised in orchestral and choral conducting and has conducted orchestras, choirs and ensembles in Italy, France and Slovenia. She has now settled in the UK but still works as a freelance conductor in Italy.
The orchestra's Leader is Edward Judge, a retired IT professional who rediscovered the violin after 25 fallow years. He moved to Ramsbury in 1988 and now plays violin or viola with several local orchestras. As well as being a keen chamber musician he also enjoys playing saxhorn with the Ramsbury silver band.
Marlborough Concert Orchestra plays light music and popular classics. It has entertaining rehearsals and three concerts a year. It aims to promote, improve, develop and maintain public appreciation of orchestral music in all its aspects. The orchestra rehearses on Tuesday evenings at Christchurch, New Road, Marlborough.
Tickets for the Christmas concert are £9 (£2 for students) - available from Sound Knowledge, Hughenden Yard and on the door. There will be a licensed bar and a raffle.