Current news from Hagley String Orchestra
An increasing number of us are now getting protection from covid with vaccination, and I'm hoping that by the Summer Term we can start rehearsing once again. A great incentive to do so will be playing a new composition for piano solo and strings by Tony Bridgewater.
Tony studied composition and piano at Cambridge University and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and he's the current Chair of the Conservatoire's Association of friends and supporters. Many readers will know Tony as a previous Head of Music at Ridgewood High School and Old Swinford Hospital School. He's now retired from school teaching to concentrate on his work as a professional composer, pianist and conductor.
We've played his delightful Humoresque for String Orchestra twice in 2016 and '18, which he has dedicated to HSO. This piece is splendidly written for string players giving all sections important parts to enjoy, most of it being written in 5 beats per bar which some of us found a bit tricky! Tony's new work, Concert Piece No. 2 for Piano and Strings, has a meditative opening before launching into a thrilling jazzy Allegro with a very demanding solo piano part and a thrilling conclusion. We're going to love it!
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