Everyone remembers homework: something all too often completed just before the deadline; a necessity to avoid detention, then happily forgotten about. Bizet was no different, writing his live wire Symphony in C as an assignment only to then think nothing more of it.
It’s just that this 17 year old happened to be a genius, so when his homework – with its hints of Carmen throughout – was rediscovered eight decades later, it was rightfully unleashed in concert halls worldwide and declared an early masterpiece.
Carl Maria von Weber was even younger - just 15 - when he wrote Peter Schmoll, its overture setting a scene of love and family torn apart by revolution. The talent of youth shines bright, providing a fitting starting point for our brand new 2019 orchestra in their first concert.
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