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|John Christopher Smith||Overture to The Fairies|
|Delius||Légende in E flat for violin and strings (arr. Jenkins)|
|Jenkins||Concertino for piano and strings, Op. 169|
|Vaughan williams||Concerto grosso for strings|
|Finzi||Eclogue for piano and strings, Op. 10|
|Britten||Simple Symphony for string orchestra, Op. 4|
|Chamber Ensemble of London|
This concert of popular British music for strings opens with an exuberant overture by Handel’s great friend John Christopher Smith (1712-1795). Music by Delius and Vaughan Williams is paired with Clive Jenkins’s entertaining Concertino, with piano soloist Margaret Fingerhut, who also plays in Finzi’s hauntingly elegiac Eclogue. The concert finishes with Britten’s ever-popular Simple Symphony from the 1930s, four highly colourful movements reworked from music he had written as a teenager.