Rare performance of Mozart epic in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 12:02 21 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:03 21 September 2014

The Chambery Ensemble

The Chambery Ensemble


Friends Music returns to Welwyn Garden City tonight (Sunday) with a rare performance of Mozart’s epic Gran Partita.

Organisers are excited to welcome The Chambery Ensemble to The Free Church, in Church Road, for September’s concert.

Conducted by Andrei Gorcan, The Chambery Ensemble is a group of experienced musicians drawn from North London and Hertfordshire who have performed together for several years and whose members are also actively involved in other orchestras and ensembles.

Among the works they will perform is Gran Partita.

This extraordinary piece, for an expanded wind ensemble plus bass, has seven movements instead of the more common four, and uses four horns, rather than the normal two for a wind ensemble, and two basset horns, rarely seen larger members of the clarinet family.

Complemented by the resonance of the string bass, so 13 players in all, this is a marvellously original piece of music and a privilege to perform and to hear in the wonderful acoustic of The Free Church.

It will be preceded by a short salon piece by Kalliwoda for oboe and piano, as an aperitif before this striking and substantial work.

Admission to the concert is free and the charity collection will be for Future Talent, helping young musicians who lack the financial means to reach their goal.

The concert starts at 6pm.

* Friends Music is now on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FriendsMusicWelwynGC

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