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From a Far Country

October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

From a Far Country

The Courtyard, Hereford


Tuesday 11 October 2022 7.30pm 

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm
The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR

About the Concert

In this, the first concert of our 2022-2023 new season at The Courtyard in Hereford, we’re joined by talented violinist Tai Murray, who has been described as “superb” by The New York Times and will be conducted by The Swan’s 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  “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 6.30pm for a free pre-concert talk with Tai Murray, Michael Collins, and The Swan. 

Also why not pre-order your programme prior to your arrival.

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Date and Time

Tuesday 11 October 2022 7.30pm (pre-concert talk at 6.30pm) 
7.30pm – 9.30pm
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The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR
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You can also see this concert at:

Stratford Play House, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU: Sunday  9 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 11
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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