Guy Woolfenden Memorial Concert Featured

International violinist Callum Smart joins the WSO to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Guy Woolfenden, much loved international musician and acclaimed conductor of the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years, will be remembered at a special memorial concert on 4th March 2017 at St Mary’s Church in Warwick.

The musicians of the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the young, virtuoso violinist Callum Smart, to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Callum was first invited to perform with the WSO by Guy Woolfenden in 2009 aged just 13. He is currently making an international name for himself and this season makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The memorial concert programme will also feature Woolfenden’s Divertimento, commissioned by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra and Brahms’ Symphony No 1. It will be conducted by the WSO’s Principal Conductor, Roger Coull.

Guy Woolfenden OBE (12 July 1937 – 15 April 2016) was born in Ipswich. He was a chorister at Westminster Abbey and went on to study music in Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1961, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and was Head of Music there for 25 years during which time he composed music for all of Shekespeare’s plays. Alongside this, he was influential in several music festivals, and was also the Chairman of the Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, a charity which supports young musicians and actors. He was also a prolific composer for both theatre and wind orchestra and had a long association with the WSO as its principal conductor from 1972-2012.

Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of thirteen having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Vasily Petrenko. Since then he has appeared in a number of European festivals. Following his recent debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, this season sees Callum make his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 under Matthew Halls, and a performance of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto at the Windsor Festival with Matthew Trusler and the Orpheus Sinfonia.

Raymond Joyce, Chair of WSO and principal horn player said, ‘Guy was such a huge influence on the WSO as our conductor for 40 years. We felt that having Callum to join us for this concert was a fitting tribute, as well as including Guy’s Divertimento, which has become a real favourite for the orchestra.

This is a concert for all the family with ticket prices of £14 & £18 for adults and half price for students and children. Tickets are available from Presto Classical in Leamington, from or by calling the ticket secretary on 01926 850385.

St. Mary's Church, Warwick, CV34 4RA
01926 850385
Car Park
New Street
4th March
£18, £14 and half-price concession for children
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