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From a Far Country

October 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

From a Far Country

Stratford Play House, Stratford-upon-Avon


Sunday 9 October 2022 3.00pm 

Pre-concert talk at 2.00pm
Stratford Play House, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU

About the Concert

In this concert, talented violinist Tai Murray described as “superb” by The New York Times joins The Swan and Principal Conductor Michael Collins for an evening of Mendelssohn, Bruch and Anna Meredith.

Tai, a former BBC New Generation Artist, is an inspiring talent, appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, mature phrasing and subtle sweetness.

From a Far Country is inspired by a visit in 1829 to the basalt sea cave known as Fingal’s Cave, Mendelssohn was impelled to sketch out the opening of his windswept and gull-strewn overture. His tour of Scotland that year bore further fruit in the form of his Symphony No. 3 the “Scottish” where he found his imagination sparked by the ruin and decay of an abandoned ivy-cloaked chapel; broken and roofless, through which the clear light poured in.

Anna Meredith’s Fringeflower was conceived after seeing Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Butterfly Flower at the Fleming Collection. Its ‘quirky flatness’ and ‘unnatural’ perspective generates a general mood of slightly disjointed unease.

Max Bruch famously channelled the Scottish spirit in his Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra but his first Violin Concerto is even more popular; an irresistible concoction of heartfelt melodies, ravishing harmonies and furious fiddling.

Want to find out more? So why not join us at 2.00pm for a pre-concert talk (which is completely free) with Tai Murray, Michael Collins, and The Swan.

Date and Time

Sunday 9 October 2022 3.00pm 
2.00pm – 5.00pm*

*Concert starts at 3pm
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Stratford Play House, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU
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You can also see this concert at:

The Courtyard, Hereford: Tuesday 11 October 2022


Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Op.26
BruchViolin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26
Anna MeredithFringeflower
MendelssohnSymphony No.3, Op.56 ‘Scottish’
ViolinTai Murray
ConductorMichael Collins
Tai Murray (Photo by Gaby Merz)
Michael Collins
Michael Collins
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October 9
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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