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Operation Spitfire Annual Charity Dinner 2017 - 20 October 2017

Operation Spitfire's 5th Annual Dinner celebrating the achievements of R.J. Mitchell on the eightieth anniversary of his death: designer of over 24 aircraft in his 42 years, 1895 - 1937.

Operation Spitfire are raising funds to restore the City of Stoke-on-Trent's own Spitfire - RW388 - located in the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and in doing so, are seeking to inspire the current generation of young people into following a STEM based career. - "Inspiration through Restoration"


An evening of British music with Farnborough Symphony Orchestra - 18 November 2017

Farnborough Symphony Orchestra's new season begins with works by four 20th/21st century British composers. Vaughan Williams's London Symphony, the main work of the evening, is based on some sketches he had made for a symphonic poem about London. With the encouragement of his friend and fellow compsoser, George Butterworth, to whom the work is dedicated, he decided to "throw them into symphonic form" (Vaughan Williams's words). The resulting work was first performed in 1914 but was subject to several revisions over subsequent years and the version we are performing is nearly 20 minutes shorter than the original. The other major work of the evening is Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, which is the composer's largest purely orchestral work for the concert hall. It was commissioned by the Japanese government to mark the 2,600th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Empire. Although it was rejected by the Japanese authorities, it has remained a popular part of the orchestral repertoire. We are also very excited to be playing a work by leading contemporary British composer, Elizabeth Winters, our very own Principal Viola. The piece is curiously titled but we will leave it to Elizabeth on the night to introduce and explain the inspiration behind her music. The Walton Spitfire Prelude and Fugue completes the programme with a nod to the Orchestra's aeronautical heritage.

Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
Sinfonia da Requiem
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
The Serious Side of Madness
Elizabeth Winters (1979-)
Symphony No 2, 'A London Symphony'
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


Hollywood with Love - 25 January 2018

Andrew Collins (Classic FM presenter and Film Editor at Radio Times) guides us through the world of Hollywood film music with help from Tobias Ringborg, Ian Buckle and the Orchestra of Opera North. 

With classic scores from Korngold, Williams, and Rota and lesser known gems from Addinsell, Provost and Webb this is a concert where you're bound to know the tunes even if the names are unfamiliar. 

Cementing the links between Classic FM, the Kirklees Concert Season and Opera North, there is no better way to celebrate the breadth of music that movies have inspired.


KorngoldThe Adventures of Robin Hood
RózsaThief of Bagdad: Eternal love
SteinerGone with the Wind   
ProvostIntermezzo: Souvenir de Vienne    
HerrmannNorth by Northwest
KorngoldSea Hawk
KorngoldKings Row
John WilliamsStar Wars
John WilliamsSchindler’s List: Theme
AddinsellDangerous Moonlight: Warsaw Concerto  
RotaThe Godfather
John WilliamsSuperman

The Shadow Factory - 7 Feb-3 Mar 2018

The Battle of Britain rages.

Southampton is home to our only hope of victory: the Spitfire.

But when the Luftwaffe drops 2,300 bombs, the city goes up in flames and the Woolston Supermarine Spitfire factory is destroyed. From the ashes, a story of chaos, courage and community spirit emerges.

One of Britain’s greatest living playwrights, Hampshire born Howard Brenton (Anne Boleyn, Shakespeare’s Globe; Pravda, National Theatre) tells the remarkable and little known story of how Southampton stepped up when the chips were down.

Experience this spectacular world premiere to open Southampton’s brand new theatre NST City, conceived by Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ director Samuel Hodges (Dedication; The Glass Menagerie) and 59 Productions (War Horse; An American in Paris).