COLCHESTER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Saturday, 9th October 2021: Haydn, Mozart & Debussy
Haydn: Symphony No. 8 in G ‘Le Soir’
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp
Soloists: Debbie Rogers and Elizabeth Bass
Debussy: Danse sacrée et Danse profane
Soloist: Elizabeth Bass
Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in Bb ‘La Reine’
Our harpist, Elizabeth Bass, enjoys a varied life working as a soloist, chamber musician,
orchestral and ensemble player and recording artist across the U.K. and beyond.
Elizabeth has won both national and international prizes – most notably, becoming the
first British person to reach the final of the USA International Harp Competition, 2016,
winning the Silver Medal.
Debbie Rogers, CSO’s Principal Flautist, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and then
for a year with M. Caratgé in Paris. In 1983 she moved to South Africa where she lived
and worked as a professional performing musician for about seven years. She was coprincipal flute in the National Orchestra in South Africa for a number of those years.
Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp was written in 1778 for the Duke of Guines, who
was an excellent flautist, and his daughter, Marie-Louise-Philippine, a harpist. At that
time Mozart was giving composition lessons to the daughter. The Concerto is a
wonderful example of charming salon music.
Danse sacrée et Danse profane by Debussy is one of his finest chamber works. The two
dances are played without a pause. Debussy, in writing to Falla who was performing the
work, referred to the ‘colour’ of the two dances comparing the ‘gravity’ of one with the
‘grace’ of the other.
Haydn’s Symphony no 8 ‘Le Soir’ is one of three symphonies – ‘Le Matin’, ‘Le Midi’ and
‘Le Soir’. Listen out for the sunset thunderstorm in the last movement. You might also
hear raindrops or perhaps ‘lightning’!
Haydn’s Symphony no.85 is one of six ‘Paris’ symphonies. It has the name, ‘La Reine’, as
it was Queen Marie Antoinette’s favourite Haydn symphony. Written in 1785, the Queen
attended the concerts of the six symphonies