Prepare for a feast of Bach

NORTHERN Chamber Orchestra is to play three out of the six Brandenburg Concertos during a concert this weekend.

It will take place on Saturday November 5 at the Heritage Centre, Macclesfield.

Nicholas Ward, the orchestra’s leader and artistic director, said: “This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. They are wonderful, every player’s dream to play.”

The Brandenburg Concertos are a collection, from 1711-1721, of a crazily diverse group of instrumental pieces. Each one requires a distinctive, never revisited combination of instruments. They are Bach’s great chamber music and have always been loved by both players and listeners.

In this first concert numbers three, six and four are being played. Number three is just for strings and perhaps the best known, number six has no violins and has a darker and warmer sound with two violas, two violas da gamba, a cello and double bass. The soloists in Concerto Number Four are two flutes and a violin who has a virtuosic part.

Stravinsky’s Apollo is a complete contrast. Stravinsky wanted to create what he termed a ‘ballet blanc’, a score of great purity and unity, in which violent contrasts were avoided and all elements were pared down to their simplest.

Tickets, priced £16 and £13 (£7 for students and free for children aged 18 or under), are available from the NCO Box Office on 0161 247 2220, Macclesfield Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall on 01625 504114, or on the door.